Finally, time permitting I went to see the film “The Avengers.” The title reminded me of the British television show with Diana Rigg (Mrs. Peel) and Patrick MaNee (John Steed) from the 1960s. Always a lot of fun but not quite as colorful or awe inspiring as the current version in theatres featuring the Marvel Comic characters, Iron Man (Robert Downey), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) , Thor (Chris Hemsworth) , and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). The plot goes something like this: Loki (adopted half brother of Thor) has formed a scheme with some other spacevillian types to destroy the Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) concocts a scheme to revive S.H.I. E.L.D, a sort of space terrorist fighting organization with the reluctant heroes who have been living on earth doing their routine – for some extraordinairy – routines. In the film they come together and save the world (or at least New York City) from destruction. There are a lot of superheroes among us here on Earth. Most going on with their routine routines which are, if not extradinairy, at least awe inspirting but without special effects. Those persons in my life include the male co-worker with the even-handed humor who shows quiet strength and is always ready to do the right thing, the friend who cares for his elderly uncle and mentors students and my brother, a fairly new but very present father, who is starting a business and cares for my mom and my sister. And of course Jean Claude, the male Bombay cat, who daily manages Roxie, the Japanese bobtail and provides serenity to all he encounters. Heroes among us. Happy Father’s Day.
Superheroes Walk Among Us