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WOF 127: Bishop Barron on “Avengers: Infinity War”

The new film Avengers: Infinity War, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, has already grossed over $1 billion worldwide and had the highest-grossing opening in film history. In this episode, Bishop Barron and Jared Zimmerer explore some of the movie’s philosophical and spiritual themes.

*SPOILER ALERT!* This episode contains spoilers so only listen after you’ve seen the film, or if you don’t plan to see it.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:04 – Introduction, confirmation season
  • 4:30 – What does Bishop Barron think of comic book movies and the villain, Thanos?
  • 6:17 – How does Thanos mirror Nietzsche and alchemy?
  • 9:45 – How does Thanos reflect the totalitarian regimes of the World War II?
  • 13:05 – How does the Church stand against the idea that “the end justifies the means”?
  • 15:45 – What are the shortcomings of the Marvel heroes, and how do they reflect the Greek gods?
  • 21:50 – How did Bishop Barron react to the surprise ending?
  • 25:00 – Who is Bishop Barron’s favorite super hero?
  • 26:00 – Question – By what criteria to you criticize movies?

Bonus Resources