MARVEL’S CINEMA HITS COMBINE ELEMENTS OF WESTERN EVOLUTION WITH EASTERN MYSTICISM. BUT THAT’S NOT WHY THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL…
Marvel Studios has had great success since its release of Iron Man in 2008. It expanded the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a series of films that are, at this point, guaranteed hits.
It’s doing the same thing on the small screen with its Netflix-original series about small-time superheroes: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and now The Defenders, which brings these four characters together into an Avengers-Light motley crew.
Disney acquired Marvel Studios in 2009, and the arrangement makes perfect sense.
You see, Walt Disney employed occult themes in his movies from the beginning. Magic has frequently held a place in Disney films. Being perhaps more perceptive than many, or just more willing to speak in public the knowledge that more prudent humanists keep to themselves, Disney has always had a tendency to merge evolution with mysticism.
But to the extent that Disney movies are successful, it is because of their use of the Christian themes of love and sacrifice — not the visual fireworks created by the application of sorcery.
Usually, the actions performed by the movie’s hero (or heroine) that flow from these two concepts lead to death, resurrection, and redemption. Without these elements, the movies would have no heart. They would be as dead and lifeless as an unregenerate sorcerer.
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Walt Disney found this out the hard way. The original Fantasia was released in 1940, and it almost bankrupted the company. And there’s little wonder why. It contains overtly occult themes and imagery, such as the “Night on Bald Mountain” concluding segment that features a demonic conjuring that will haunt the nightmares of a child.
The longest segment in the film, “The Rite of Spring,” animates the humanistic origin story of the cosmos. This includes, in hostile contrast to the Biblical faith, the evolutionary origins of life on planet earth, which is shown as moving from green blobs to fish that become land-dwelling reptiles.
For movie audiences of 1940, this was too much. So it is no coincidence that the movie finally became profitable after its re-release during the drug-fueled, occult-laced counterculture era. Wikipedia reports:
Fantasia began to make a profit from its $2.28 million budget after its return to theaters on December 17, 1969. The film was promoted with a psychedelic-styled advertising campaign, and it became popular among teenagers and college students who reportedly appreciated it as a psychedelic experience. Animator Ollie Johnston recalled that young people “thought we were on a trip when we made it … every time we’d go to talk to a school or something, they’d ask us what we were on.”
But the more successful films that keep Disney in business usually have something more profound at their core. Their warm reception flows from Christian themes, not occult ones…