I already told you that Superman was Jesus Christ and Groundhog Day explained God in a very unique way.
I admit that I was not planning on talking about religion again for quite some time on this blog.
What is that old saying?
Do not talk of two things in public, religion and politics.
Speaking on such material can not only dismay some of you who want me to focus on more of the movie side of things and less on the theology, it also gets away from other posts that I plan on writing.
I am only writing this as a response to a video I was watching on Youtube about Wolverine that sparked a question I did not think of before.
One of the hero’s religion.
As much as these superheroes in our culture are arguably viewed as gods, none of them seem to be accepted as such.
There is no religion for Batman, whereas the norse God Thor, had a religion back when paganism was hip and Christianity swept through Europe faster than the Plague.
Okay, maybe not faster than the Plague, but you get my point.
We love our superheroes but we aren’t ready to put them in that category.
Will we eventually?
I do not remember what video I was viewing exactly that made me write this piece, so I will just leave a video that I definitely remember watching when I saw Logan.
For a split second as I saw the scene I thought that Deadpool was going to be in the movie.
But he wasn’t.
Not even in the after credits scene that wasn’t there.
(Everyone in the theater was sitting for five minutes as the words scrolled down the screen and Johnny Cash played and we got nothing.)
There was no Deadpool in Logan.
Not that his absence made the movie worse, it was just that I was hoping for it after the scene played.
As I was saying with the Wolverine video, it was a typical Youtube video made by a movie production crew that overuses countdowns.
Each video has a top (whatever number in it) on some odd fact that I was not really interested in learning about but since that I am on Youtube I am all of a sudden drawn to it.
There is a whole playlist of videos that I have watched that I would have otherwise ignored.
But I am not going to complain about my disagreement with the current trends of these Youtube channels giving you facts on movies right now.
I did already.
In the video, the speaker brought up how Wolverine, the most famous X-Men, was not Christian.
He presented it as if it was a definitive statement.
Like it was a fact.
Which I found to be very strange.
I may be wrong here, but I always viewed Wolverine as a conflicted Christian.
Conflicted in his relationship with God, lost at times on his beliefs but a Christian nevertheless.
Wolverine is a man who wants to be a good person, but knows that he is a monster and killing machine which denies him that luxury.
To me, his self-awareness of his own destruction and his warning to others that they should leave him because of his horrific past is a very selfless thing to do.
It is, dare I say, a Christian thing to do.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
What exactly would a Christian superhero be like?
Does the hero need to carry around a cross and kick the crap out of demons to be one?
Maybe he can use magical ability he gains from carrying around The Bible.
I am going to say that a Christian superhero does not have to be Christian outwardly to be considered one.
He doesn’t have to pray or go to church, but show character traits that are distinctly Christian and perform acts that lead us to think that he is behaving because he believes in a higher power.
Wolverine is not the stereotypical Christian man.
He cheats, he lies, he sleeps with women, and he kills.
Like a lot.
His catchphrase is even that he is the best at what he does.
Yeah. So murder is not something that he should be doing if he is a man of God right?
At first glance, if you were to see Wolverine sitting alone in a bar with a beer and cigar, your first thought would not be Christian.
But that is before you learn of the internal struggle he has with his powers.
And it is his resolve with these issues that I think make him a Christian.
He doesn’t want to kill.
He doesn’t want to be a powerful weapon that doesn’t die.
He just is.
So he does all in his power to avoid this lifestyle, by passing up violence and only killing when it is necessary not because he can.
Or he tries to forget about it altogether by drinking and having plenty of women as a coping mechanism for the fact that he probably killed an army worth of men in his life.
That is until he finds a better solution to his pain.
Professor Xavier, Wolverine’s idol and mentor, is as Christian of a teacher that he can get without being a religious figure.
He always talks of giving to others, believing in others to do the right thing even when you shouldn’t, and having a family life.
That’s what Christianity talks about.
But wait a minute?
Why is Wolverine only even considered a Christian?
Can’t he be a Jew , or Muslim, or of an eastern religion, (say that of Buddhism or Hinduism)?
Well. Wolverine is an American and he lived in a time when Christianity was the major religion of his time.
So to ask about other religions is not really understanding the world that Wolverine is in.
If he was in the Middle East, we would be asking if he was Muslim since that is the dominant religion in that region.
Do you see my point?
Wolverine does something that would make the Lord very proud.
He regrets his actions.
He repents for his sins.
He is not proud of the murders and the killing and who he is.
In Logan he even tells his daughter that she will never get over the killing.
She responds by saying that she killed bad guys.
That is her justification for the wrong act.
But Wolverine knows better through his experience that the scars don’t go away.
Murder is murder.
No matter whether the victim is a villain or an innocent bystander.
You have to live with the fact that you took the life of another human being.
And that is not easy to deal with.
My last point is in the the movie, Logan there is a clone made of Wolverine.
One that has no soul.
That does not care for the lives of others.
There are multiple scenes where this character takes lives without remorse or care.
He does not feel bad for the slashing and slaughter he is leaving behind.
As compared to Wolverine, who shows he does feel something for thrusting his metal claws into the chest of another human being and killing them.
I think that very enemy shows that Wolverine not only has a soul, but he is doing everything he can to try to keep it on the right side.
They made Wolverine into a monster, but he has shown time and time again that is not one.
Because despite all odds he believes in doing the right thing, when he shouldn’t.
The guy has claws as hands, metal bones and everyone he knows gets killed because of their relationship to him.
The government hunts him down as if he is a dog because of his abilities.
He has no reason to be a good person, or to want to even join the X-Men.
Yet, he does.
Why? It seems almost illogical for him to show that human side.
Why feel bad for killing?
He is a monster after-all!
Why trust in Charles Xavier?
He has made it in this world without the X-Men.
Why does he need them?
Because under all the tough looks and the beard, and the claws and the screaming is a man who has a faith in a higher power who he believes will is judging him on his actions.
He has to.
There is no other reason he would even want to do good.
Wolverine can make it just as far by being bad, but he doesn’t.
He is not the greatest person, but his admission to his faults and his fight against the very monster that he is shows that Wolverine is a Christian.
Just don’t expect him to admit it anytime soon.