This week Christ and Pop Culture (where I’m a contributing writer) is on a geeky roll, such as yesterday’s article by Corey Latta:
Marvel’s consistent ability to create a sound story in each film, its transcendence of the mere art of the sequel, and its unparalleled vision reveal nothing less than contemporary cinema’s grandest composition of narrative. What Marvel gives us is a vastly imagined and epically executed composite narrative—one story composed with both previous and following interconnected narratives in mind—that presents meaning in constellation rather than individual film.
This storied pattern should sound familiar to Christian filmgoers: it is essentially the model of the Judeo-Christian tradition. In philosophy, form, and focus, the composite narrative model of story—such as the current Marvel franchise—imitates a distinctly scriptural approach to building story.
Thus you can’t — or shouldn’t — watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier without having first seen at least Captain America: The First Avenger or The Avengers. And you can’t — or shouldn’t — read the book of Luke without having first read the book of Genesis.