Disney+ recently launched. With it, almost all of the Marvel movies are available in one place! My 9-year-old son, a huge Thor fan, and I decided we wanted to watch all the Marvel movies in chronological order.
While watching all the movies, I started to see some common themes and lessons that could be learned from watching all the Marvel movies.
Anyone can be a hero
Some people are basically born a superhero like Thor. But anyone can be a superhero. All it takes is someone like Falcon to step up when he’s needed. Even a convict like Scott Lang can become an Avenger and help to save the world.
This is such a great lesson for everyone. You don’t need to be the stronger person out there or the smartest, you just need to be someone who looks for injustice and tries to make the world a better place. It can also be done by volunteering at the local food shelf. This can be done in little ways, like smiling or saying hi to someone who might need it. To that person or organization, you are a hero.
Bad can become good
It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in your past, you can still turn it around. Black Widow is an excellent example of this. Loki also an example of this – multiple times. All of the Guardians of the Galaxy have questionable pasts.
But they ended up adjusting their thinking to use their powers for good. Just because you were one way doesn’t mean you need to stay that way.
This also applies to life. If you’re having a bad day, it can be turned around. If you made some mistakes, you could still turn it around. It’s not too late. We can’t let our past dictate our future. We need to find ways to keep moving forward and find the good.
It’s not just physical strength
While Thor is super strong, it’s not just strength alone that defeats villains. The Hulk becomes the best version of himself when he can combine Hulk and Bruce Banner together. As just Hulk, he’s focused predominately on smashing things. While this skill is needed, Bruce’s brain is what gets them out of so many jams throughout their adventures.
Physical strength is good, but without the brains of some brilliant people, the Avengers would not have been able to overcome all the villains that they defeat.
Always have a plan B
When one plan isn’t working, you need to have a second plan. In Avengers, the team had multiple back-up plans for how to defeat Loki and his army. Even Dr. Erik Selvig put in a Plan B while he was under Loki’s spell. He knew that there needed to be a way to close the wormhole.
In Avengers: Infinity War, Plan A was to remove the infinity stone from Vision and then to destroy it. If that didn’t work, then Wanda Maximoff was to use her powers to kill the man she loved, all for the ultimate good.
Even with the most powerful team in the world, it’s good to have back-up options in place. You can go in smashing, but if that’s your only plan, you’ll likely be defeated.
Don’t trust everything you see
Loki is a perfect example of not being able to trust what you see. At one point, he appears to die, only to disguise himself as his adopted father to take the throne. Other times, he seems to be walking beside you, but it’s only an illusion. Loki, the God of Mischief, proves the lesson that you can’t always trust everything you see.
It’s so important to pay attention to details, keep an open mind, and listen to your gut. Thor was able to do this and realize that Loki was deceiving the people of Asgard.
Surround yourself with good friends
The Avengers are a great example of friends who always have each other’s backs – even when they are fighting, they are still there for one another.
In Civil War, Black Widow helps Captain America even though she doesn’t fully agree with what he’s doing. She knows that she needs to stop the fighting. She also is fighting Hawkeye and says, “we’re still friends, right?” To which, he responds, “Yes.” And even though Captain America and Iron Man don’t see eye-to-eye, they still care about each other. They would drop everything if the other one was in danger.
Without good friends, the Avengers wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that they did. They needed one another. In life, it’s essential to have friends you can rely on. Friends who are there to lift you up when you’re having a rough day. Friends who encourage you to keep going or help you hit your goals.
Never give up
Even when things look bad, like the aliens in New York City in the Avengers movie, the Avengers didn’t give up. They just readjusted their thinking and were ultimately able to defeat their enemy.
Same with Avengers: Endgame. Sure, they could have given up but decided to give it one last fight. After all, Doctor Strange did say there was one outcome out of 14 million where the good guys prevail. And, it’s a good thing they did because now we have Spider-Man back and got the movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Not giving up is definitely one of the most important lessons from Marvel. Even if it looks bad, keep pushing forward. It doesn’t pay to give up.
There’s always going to be another challenge
No matter how many villains the Avengers defeat, there’s always another one who pops up. There will always be a need for superheroes. And, just like in life, you overcome a challenge, and that’s not it. There’s still going to be another challenge. The Avengers don’t get discouraged at each new challenge, they just get to work on overcoming it.
Work hard and then enjoy life
My favorite lesson from watching all the Marvel movies is this one – work hard and then enjoy life. The Avengers put in a lot of hard work, but they also know how to have fun. You need a good balance of both.