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Subj: Magic is not the same as Divine power
Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 07:14:48 am EST (Viewed 9 times)
Reply Subj: Super Science doesn't bother me too much...
Posted: Fri Mar 04, 2011 at 10:21:44 am EST (Viewed 179 times)

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I try to avoid spoilers and info concerning movies I intend to see no matter what. Still, from places like this board, I've heard grumblings that the Thor movie will suggest they're more super science than mythological.

But, the Asgardians in the Marvel universe has always had an element of the super science about them. At least, back in the Grand Olden Times of the comic.

When Odin sent Thor out to seek the mystery of Galactus, he went in the "Odin Ship". As trim a little starship as any space traveller could wish for.

The Grand Vizier once donned the "Odin Helmet", which turned wishes into reality. Very high tech looking head gear.

As many times as Odin and company have scanned faraway events and places with magic smoke or mystic pools, Odin has activated funky view screens with a wave of his hand.

When their heavy hitters were not available against Mangog, the Asgardian army rolled out a massive artillery piece called the "Thunder Cannon".

Even Walt Simonson, the master of merging Marvel and mythology, had an interesting little moment. Beta Ray Bill was a warrior mind placed into a revved up, bioengineered monster body. When Thor and Bill had their great duel to claim Mjolnir, both were badly hurt. In their convalescing, Bill thanks Odin. "Your physicians and your smiths have worked wonders." So, Asgardian blacksmiths can not only forge a mean sword, they're pretty good with advanced cybernetic systems.

So, as much as I am a fan of Norse Mythology, if the movie wants to go the super science route, I'm good with it.

Magic is a science that can be learned by anyone and used by many.

As someone else on this forum succinctly put it, magic is like cheat codes to the universe. Taking that analogy further, a god can be seen as a system hack and therefore is a complete circumvention of the predefined systems and processes, ie, reality warping. If we're referencing Lee and Kirby, then we can see ample example of that as Odin, who held the power of Asgard, performed massive reality warping.

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