“Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.” Ephesians 4:22-24
This scene from “Spider-Man 3” mirrors the above Scripture:
Peter Parker, as Spider-Man, enters a church’s bell tower to strip off the black suit. As he struggles to detach himself from it, he bumps into the bell, causing it to ring. The bell clanging loosens the black suit’s grip. Meanwhile, Eddie Brock is watching this from the church first floor. When Peter finally removes the black suit, the venom attaches itself to Eddie. Eddie is the new Venom! I thought this Spider-Man film with this specific scene captured the Ephesians verse. The venom represented evil as it polluted Peter’s character and tarnished his “good guy” appearance. Though it enhanced his abilities, it also poisoned his relationships with his family, friends, and co-workers, most notably with his girlfriend Mary Jane Watson and best friend Harry Osborn.
Before removing the black suit, Peter feels a energy and power boost-something his red and blue suit did not provide. As the suit controls Peter’s emotions and powers, he grows bold, yet arrogant. Earlier in the film, he learns Flint Marko killed his Uncle Ben. With his new suit and enhanced abilities, Peter sets out to kill Flint Marko in avenging his Uncle Ben’s death. I chose this scene because it demonstrates clearly how we must cast off our old sinful nature (Venom) and wear the Spirit who guides us into truth. The Spirit brings us closer to Christ and lends us Christ’s qualities as it molds us into God’s image. I believe Spider-Man’s red and blue suit (specifically, in the third installment of the Spider-Man trilogy) represented good for it stands for the freedom and patriotism Americans experience in this country (red, white, and blue).
Sin resides in us after the Fall. It tempts us to engage in unwholesome, or dangerous, activities: lying, stealing, pornography, gluttony, fornication; among others. As Peter fought Venom, he understood fully how it truly overpowered him.
Sin tempts me to engage in unhealthy activities or behaviors. For instance, gorging in rich, delicious foods leads to overeating-something I find myself doing when dining at all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants. Gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins and I am guilty of this. My eyes marvel at the food variety and quantity displayed before me as it summons me to indulge-especially the desserts! Though the food is delicious, they cost me a stomachache. Similarly, the black suit brings emotional distress to Peter’s relationships.