I’m obsessed with the Marvel movies. Particularly with The Avengers. I wore my Captain America shirt to go see Avengers: Endgame and read a lot of fan theories about what would happen leading up to the release of the film. I’ve taken a lot of time to think about why I like these films so much. I just think they’ve done a fantastic job of developing the characters as selfless heroes who would stop at nothing to protect innocent people from being hurt, killed, or taken advantage of.
There is a scene at the end of the Dr. Strange movie where he allows himself to be killed over and over by a dark space monster while stuck in a time loop so he could save humanity from destruction. There is another scene in the first Avengers movie where Tony Stark/Iron Man selflessly flies a nuclear bomb into outer space to save New York City, risking his own life in the process. There is another scene from Avengers: Endgame where a beaten and broken Captain America wills himself to get to his feet after being brutally beaten by Thanos. He strapped his half destroyed shield to his arm as thousands of of Thanos’ troops rushed towards him. He refused to surrender against incredible odds.
I love how epic and inspiring all of this is. But I have to remember that heroes look a lot different in our world. I have this idea that I can be a hero everyday if I look to the virtues and try to live them out. Especially when we’re dealing with others. We can be heroes by being patient with other people. We can be heroes by showing kindness, especially small acts of kindness. We can be heroes by being humble. We can be heroes by being charitable.
We’re really seeing who the true heroes are in our society right now. One of the great virtues is courage. Our front line, essential workers are showing incredible courage. Courage that I don’t know I could show in the same situation. It’s extremely inspiring and makes me feel great hope.
As we rise in the morning we should remember that each one of us has the ability to be a hero. We will never die for all of humanity in a time loop or fly a nuclear weapon into space. But we can work to raise the spirit of another person who is struggling. We can show children that modesty in life is something to be sought after. We can fight for justice where justice is truly needed. Each one of us has the power to be Dr. Strange or Iron Man or Captain America in the real world.