The Power of Villain in Story

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Some of the most engaging — and dangerous — stories I have encountered spent time introducing the villain. I mean with detail and emotional punch. By the time the sequence is over, the viewer or reader almost feels like it will be impossible to defeat this enemy.

As I mention in this episode, the main villain toward the end of phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Thanos. I will never forget watching Avengers: Infinity War the first time. From the beginning, the momentum he gains culminating (spoiler alert) in getting all the of the infinity stones, the whole thing ends and it feels overwhelming as if Thanos can’t lose. Like he’s invincible.

If you slow down and take in the scene, contrasting the two main characters in this part of the story — a woman and a hideous dragon — at first glance and by all appearances, it’s no contest! At least if one only considers pure apparent power.

Arriving at the middle of the chapter, however, and you will notice that God’s people aren’t helpless at all. The apparently vulnerable aren’t. In fact “they conquered” or “they overcame” is the past tense of the future fulfilled found in letters to the churches found in chapters 2 and 3. I will spend more time on this in a future episode.

I recently listened to this message by a great teacher, Ty Gibson, entitle “A Personality Profile of Lucifer” that captures well what I am trying to say in this and the next episode check it out!

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