Saturday, May 6, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 review: an atheist's God from beyond the stars

By Martin Saunders
Guardians of the Galaxy II is the latest hit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bit like capitalism. In order for each film in the increasingly epic series to really work, the whole thing has to somehow keep growing bigger. And so in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the latest hotly anticipated superhero epic, the villain is a million-year-old deity who created himself and the world around him. In fact Kurt Russell's character – Ego – is not only a god, but also importantly a kind of God-the-Father. Yet far from being an all-powerful but ultimately all-good God in the Christian tradition, Ego is more like the nightmarish cartoon that some atheists like to draw of the creator. Just don't take its view of 'God' too seriously. As Star Lord and his friends discover, the light is much more powerful than the darkness, even when it takes a God-like form. [More]
Kurt Russell plays Ego in Guardians of the Galaxy II.
Poster #11 for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which was released on May 5, 2017. The film, starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Debicki, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan and many more, currently has a total of thirty-six posters available.