Last night I finally took the entire family to see The Avengers. For FHE. What? Yes, once in a while we go crazy on Monday night. It can't all be profound teaching and testimonies. It was also nice to go a week without singing Book of Mormon Stories, complete with hand actions.
The movie? I enjoyed it. Ten seconds of Hulk vs. Loki was worth the price of admission. Add to that a soda and popcorn, and you can't go wrong. My EC liked it too.
Loki? Oh, I guess I should explain who Loki is. He is the Villain - the antagonist against whom our heroes must contend. He is evil in a cool, smarmy sort of way. But he dresses in ridiculous outfits. Several times during the movie he presents himself in his fancy clothes, complete with an outrageous headdress/helmet thing.
Yes, Loki stole his "look" from Moroni. That is so wrong! From that moment on, I sat watching The Avengers wondering what else they stole from the Book of Mormon. Then I started thinking that they should just make a "Book of Mormon Avengers". It would be awesome.
There are plenty of characters to choose from:
First, you have Nephi - the original triple-threat.
Nephi had the Sword of Laban, and knew how to use it, he could use a bow and arrow like Hawkeye, and the coolest of all, he had the ability to stretch forth his hand and zap people so they would "wither like a reed". Like Iron Man, only better. (more here) And besides, look at those guns - he makes Thor look like a Demi-Wimp.
Then there is Ammon
MIld-mannered shepherd/killing machine. Ammon was so proficient with a sling that he could kill from a distance. But if the fighting got close, he could handle a sword. His signature move? Disarming his adversary. Literally. And again, look at the muscles on that guy!
Teancum's weapon of choice and method of attack was at close-range, with a javelin. He was also really crafty. He was able to sneak into the camp of his enemy and kill the leader. Not once, but twice! (Granted, the second time he didn't make a clean getaway and was killed. Oops!)
Samuel the Lamanite:
We know very little about Samuel, but we know that he had some sort of "force-field" that prevented arrows from striking him. That takes some faith!
Bad guys? Take your pick - there's a bunch of them: Kishkumen, Gadianton, Korihor, Coriantumr (Who was invincible) and of course the tag-team of Laman and Lemuel.
My intention when I started writing this was to give you all the scriptural references to back up the Book of Mormon Avengers, but then I thought - Hey! This would be a fun thing to do with the boys for FHE next week. So, you're on your own. Besides, it would be good for us all to crack the book open and remind ourselves what real heroes are all about.