THOR THE DARK WORLD: Unity and Humility | FCC 74

Unity and humility are just two of the Christian themes we found in Thor: The Dark World. In this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast, we discuss these ideas and how they can help you share the good news of Jesus with friends and loved ones.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:04:40 – Discussion 
  • 01:07:17 – Listener Challenge and Feedback
  • 01:16:05 – Well-mannered Frivolity
  • 01:24:28 – Lightning Round 
  • 01:25:59 – Upcoming

Down with the Sickness…of Pride

Many characters are sick in this story, but it isn’t just a bad case of the sniffles. Jane, for example, has been possessed by the Aether, a fluid essence of dark energy that is surviving on Jane’s life-force. And Erik, still suffering from the ramifications of Loki’s possession in the first Avengers film, has been deemed mentally ill by society and has been arrested for streaking at Stonehenge. Thankfully, these two characters are healed of their diseases in the end.

One character isn’t healed, or at least noticeably so, and that’s Loki. His sickness, though, is different in that it is a personal infection instead of an outside parasite looking for a host, or the effect of having a radically different entity posses him. Loki’s sickness is pride.

This image from THOR THE DARK WORLD shows Tom Hiddleston as Loki in chains.

He wants the throne of Asgard for himself. He claims to want to rule Midgard (our own human realm) as a benevolent god (even though we saw how that wouldn’t work already in the first Avengers film), but he really only wants that seat for its power. He wants to be the sole ruler of everything that lives, and that’s the kind of pride we’re talking about.

Loki doesn’t yet realize how much more powerful he could be if he had a little humility and acknowledged the fact that he could rule better as a part of a team. It’s a lesson of cooperation that Odin has been trying to teach Loki and that Thor has been trying to demonstrate, but it’s a lesson that Loki doesn’t quite understand.

Frigga and the Love that Binds

While Odin and Thor are doling out the tough love, Frigga only wants to show the tenderly, motherly love for her sons. And this film shows an awful lot (but still not enough, in my opinion) of Frigga being the only source of unconditional love that Loki has in all nine realms.

It’s no surprise, then, that when Frigga is killed while protecting Jane from Malekith, Loki becomes despondent. He’s already locked inside his cell with nothing but the furnishings and books that Frigga provided him so that his eternal punishment wouldn’t be so bad. Upon her death, he destroys even those tokens of affections and hides behind illusions to cover his grief. All this because his mother Frigga, the only person who ever loved him, is now dead.

This image from THOR THE DARK WORLD shows Rene Russo as Frigga and Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

But Thor is quick to remind Loki that he, too, is Frigga’s son and that he, too, loved and was loved by her. Thor wanted to grieve and lament his mother’s loss just as much as Loki, but Thor had more pressing issues at hand – like saving the world from the Dark Elves. It seems that vengeance is the only consolation Thor can offer Loki, and the latter takes what he can get.

But during his act of vengeance, he ends up shielding Jane from a Dark Elf implosion bomb (that’s a technical term, right?). It’s almost like he learned to protect other people only because his mother showed him how to do so. Not only that, but Loki and Thor are now able to work together because of the shared loved they have for their mother. They are able to work together so well that they save Jane’s life.

This is what it looks like when two people set aside their differences, let a mutual and sacrificial love bind them, and then go forth acting on that love. It could very well be seen between a believer and a non-believer, but I’m more inclined to see it between two believers who let the traditions of men get in the way of their love of God and other people.

What a glorious day it will be when fellow believers in Christ can set aside any difference that cause them to not follow Jesus’ commands and work together in unity to affect God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Key Texts

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NLT

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

Colossians 3:14 NLT

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Finding Christ In Cinema is the show where we discover Christian themes in movies past and present. Join us and together we’ll dig deeper into the silver-screen classics of yesteryear as well as the box-office hits of today. Brought to you by the Great Commission Transmission Network. View the complete show notes, including links to articles discussed, by clicking here.

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About Brenden Taylor

Brenden is an educational assistant and tutor by day and a theatre practitioner by night. He has his M.A. in Theatre Arts and is always looking for a good way to use stories to soften peoples' hearts. Find him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @LeviTheBeliever.
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