If you thought Avengers: Infinity War was just a modern Marvel film based on a 1992 comic book, you were wrong. It’s actually an anti-Christian movie aimed at teaching kids about evolution and drawing them into a “fantasy” world, according to one Christian homeschooling activist.
Pastor Kevin Swanson, who said earlier this year that The Shape of Water promoted bestiality, says Infinity War is a danger to society. The fact that the film has been so popular, he argues, means many young kids now want to be polytheistic like the ancient Greeks.
He says (at 8:45) that the polytheistic worldview is the “worldview of the masses” based on the massive interest in and response to the movie, and later confuses Pagan and Norse deities with the ancient Greek pantheon. (24:02)
The worldview of the Avengers, polytheism my friends. It’s the ancient Greek worldview revived.
If you understand Norse and Greek mythologies, you know this couldn’t be further from the truth. (24:52)
The problem with the Greek doctrine of fate, Steve, is that it relieves man of moral responsibility… Polytheism also ensures there’s no ultimate good, no ultimate moral standard… There’s just a bunch of little gods running around fighting each other.
He seems to think that people who watch Infinity War are taking a serious look at polytheism, which is why he feels the need to “debunk” its usefulness. I want to shout at him, It’s just a plot point, dude!
My favorite part of the “review”? When he claims people are only watching Infinity War to escape reality. This is especially ironic considering Swanson’s entire schtick revolves around promoting a fantasy.Around the 9:12 mark, Swanson explains that people are watching the movie because they have bad home lives, or because they don’t like the world the way it is. He said people are looking for that “escapism” more than ever, and claimed that there were no films based on fantasy in the 50s, 60s, 70s, or 80s.
Swanson even mentioned specific examples of blockbuster films he preferred: Movies like Gone with the Wind, Titanic, The Ten Commandments, and Ben-Hur (a fictional religious drama). He said these films dealt with real ideas and real people, even describing The Ten Commandments as “a true story.” (He must be forgetting about Krull, Highlander, Excalibur, Clash of the Titans, and every other major fantasy blockbuster from the 80s, just to choose one of the four decades he chose to highlight.)
In case you thought things couldn’t get any worse, a little bit later in his review (at 17:54), Swanson and his co-host mention that, at the end of the movie, the “bad guy kills half the population.” They also note that some viewers agreed with the bad guy’s actions because he did it for environmental reasons and explained how warped it was to support someone who committed such an incredibly violent act. Unfortunately for them, they didn’t understand that the God they worship killed significantly more than half the population in his “Great Flood.” The irony was lost on them.
Swanson spent nearly 30 minutes ranting about Infinity War, sprinkling Bible verses throughout to try and prove his point that the film is Satanic and actively trying to bring people “away from a True Living God.” I guess he has a habit of taking fiction way too seriously.
While the movie has made more than a billion dollars at the box office, there’s been no corresponding spike in polytheists. Shocking. As we saw in the film itself, it’s possible to see Gods and still not believe in them. Just look at Tony Stark.