Is Hulk is Catholic? The Vatican question on religion of superheroes
An article published in L’Osservatore Romano makes a curious question: Is Hulk Catholic? It is not the first time the Vatican mentions superheroes, Batman reviewing and declaring a Catholic hero TinTin . In this case, the journalist Gaetano Vallini analyzes the statement that makes the site Comicbook Religion , which has a database with the beliefs of all comic characters.
“Can enough a rosary in her hands for as Catholic define a person?” Asks the article, referring to the number 3 of “The Ultimates 2″, which appear with a rosary Hulk. The text indicates that there are other signs to conclude that this is so, since in the issue in which Bruce Banner and Betty Ross get married, do it before a Catholic priest.
The article points out that however is becoming more popular today than superheroes declare openly what Religion they belong, and that is no longer mythologies of the ancient world, but current religions. According Vallini, religion is still a major issue in the world of superheroes, also citing the film Man of Steel director Zack Snyder, where Superman is Methodist.
Vallini suggests that the most common religion is the Protestant superheroes (Captain America, Spiderman, Cyclops), because in the U.S. most people are Protestants, but also can find Jews (Shadowcat, Mole of Fantastic 4), Episcopalians, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus and Muslims.
The article is interesting reflection that this multiplicity of religions in Comics can help break down stereotypes and lead to a better understanding among all. “Surely the world needs positive heroes, brave and righteous in the eternal battle between good and evil always know which side to choose. And if you make this choice, more or less explicitly religious motivations better. Because quite often, unfortunately, actually religion is used to justify the oppression and violence, “he concludes.Catholic, catolico, Comics, Hulk, Religion, superhero, superhéroe, Vatican, Vaticano