I bring this up because Christians have a nasty tendency to stick their noses where it doesn't belong. If you thought the pagans were upset about Thor before, they're about to really hit the roof. A writer is describing superheroes, including Thor, as being Christian allegories. A sample of his thoughts:
Thor was Odin's son, a thunder-god of great promise, who was exiled for disobedience. We know the story too well, having been thrust into a world very much the antithesis of the idyllic ambience of Eden. Yet Thor was restored to Odin's favor, and so were we!
The Bible revels in its narration of our redemption, as in this scriptural snippet: "He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:13, 14).
Tony Stark, a/k/a Iron Man, suffered from alcoholism. Captain America grew disheartened by our government. Daredevil rejected an offer of restored sight in the recognition that his blindness helped to accentuate other senses that he applied to the good of humanity.
The Fantastic Four's Reed Richards saved the universe by sacrificing his baby. His wife divorced him. Sound familiar? "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16)
There is a magnificent rainbow-like bridge that connects Asgard with Earth in "Thor." The film brings forth its celestial beauty, but my friend didn't live to see it; then again, he has already crossed another kind of bridge, one that was established by the Son of God at Calvary:
"I tell you the truth, whoever heard my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24). Where John now resides makes Asgard look like a shantytown. Praise God for such a privilege!
I would like to quote Alice In Wonderland: "Anything has meaning if you look hard enough."
Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with people expressing their religious thoughts in their writing (hell, I do it, as anyone who has read my Hannah Singer stories will attest). A lot of great fantasy has its roots in religion and how the writers react to it (His Dark Materials, Narnia, Harry Potter, etc.). And some are more explicit in their religious connection than others. I just don't like the idea of simple superhero stories being hijacked for religous reasons, especially when looking a little deeper reveals they aren't affiliated with the religion they are espousing (we are conveniently ignoring Thor being Norse and just focusing on the Jewish origins). It makes it seem like they are so desperate to validate their faith, they'll twist anything to make it seem like they know what's going on.
Please, keep these guys away from my Sandman comics....