Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love this day more than any other during the year. And this year is even better because Alycia and I don’t have to drive anywhere. Normally we’d have two meals: one with my family and one with hers. This year, though, my sister and her family are in Iowa. So my parents are just coming to our house. I’ll be spending my day hanging out in slippers and baking some pecan pies.
Over the years at The Christian Nerd I’ve taken a look at what a Star Wars or Lord of the Rings Thanksgiving might look like. Aragorn and Darth Vader have much more important matters to attend to than a Thanksgiving dinner. However, it is fun to think about Gandalf in a pilgrim hat and Leia nervous about bringing her smuggler boyfriend home.
This year, let’s wonder what a Marvel Cinematic Universe Thanksgiving might look like.
There would be a lot of tension at the dinner table. Clearly there would be some family drama between Thor and Loki, but everyone else also just got in a big fight. Could Falcon sit at the same table as Rhodey, knowing he was the reason Rhodey can’t do anything other than sit? What about Tony and Steve? Could they even stand to be in the same room together? Family gatherings often have some amount of conflict, but they usually don’t devolve into full-fledged super hero battles.
What would everyone eat? The Avengers enjoyed shawarma after saving New York City. The Guardians probably eat crazy space food. Perhaps Vision could whip something up, though using the Mind Stone to cook a turkey seems like a waste of its unlimited power. There actually hasn’t been a lot of eating going on in the MCU. There has been drinking and revelry, but not a lot of eating. Perhaps that’s what makes super heroes so super: they don’t need to eat very much.
Super heroes also don’t appear to be very lazy. They’re always doing something or going somewhere. And even if they’re not flying off in a Quinjet or the Milano, they probably spend a lot of time working out. One of the best parts about Thanksgiving is just hanging out in pajamas until someone else comes over. I may not get out of my pajamas until 4:00 on Thanksgiving. Why bother taking a shower or getting ready until we have to, right? It’s important for us to spend some time resting and relaxing, which is probably even truer for super heroes. If we spent all of our time saving the world we’d earn a lazy day or two.
Our favorite heroes have a lot for which to be thankful. Even though things ended poorly in Civil War, at least no one died. The Guardians have a lot to be thankful for in their galaxy as well, being that their galaxy still exists and Groot is an adorable baby/teenage tree. We also have a lot to be thankful for when it comes to the MCU. I’m still amazed that we live in a world where super hero movies are as popular as they are. Not only are they popular movies, but as far as the MCU is concerned I have enjoyed every single one of them. When I was collecting comic books as a little kid I couldn’t have imagined the nerdy paradise in which we currently live.
Thanksgiving is the best; perhaps I’ll spend some of my down time watching one or two MCU movies. I hope that you have a wonderful day celebrating all of God’s goodness. Thank you so much for spending some time at The Christian Nerd. I’m very thankful for the community that you have helped create.