Here on Earth, we recently looked up to notice a scene that seemed to come straight out of a sci-fi movie. It was the rainbow around the sun. Meanwhile, many throughout the globe are literally entering an alternate universe, Marvel Comic Universe, to look at Avengers: Endgame
About Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame is the concluding sequel to a series of Avengers superhero films, the most recent being 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. It is the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by the Russo Brothers and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The plot goes that three weeks after Thanos used the Infinity Stones to destroy almost half of the universe, Carol Danvers rescues Nebula and Tony Stark from space and returns them to Earth. They rejoin the remaining Avengers; Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, Rocket, Thor, Pepper Potts, and James Rhodes and all team up to discover Thanos on an uninhabited planet. Thanos eventually admits to destroying the Infinity Stones. These Infinity Stones are six very powerful stone-like objects with different unique functions and powers. Only beings of immense power like Celestials can directly use these Stones, or else the Infinity Stone(s) could be placed inside a container to allow the user to use its power.
One movie review noted, “It’s intriguing, though, that these superheroes face a problem against which their superpowers are almost irrelevant. With Thanos gone, the heroes must deal with something they can’t punch or laser-blast.” As Steve points out, “The world is in our hands… We gotta do something with it. It’s the strength of their character, not their muscles, that counts.”
The review continued bringing us away from MCU and into real-time planet Earth, “For Thor and Ronin, revenge and violence bring no peace. And in the real world, there are no easy solutions, no colorful cartoon villains to punch back into space, whether it’s xenophobia or inequality or climate change, problems are solved by collaboration, persistence and refusing to give up just because life seems overwhelming.”
Marvellous CARICOM Universe—CARICOM stands for Caribbean Community and Common Market and is defined as an organization made up of 15 Caribbean nations to promote economic integration among members.
Meanwhile, in the ‘Marvellous CARICOM Universe’, the President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP), Michael DeSilva, describes the immense number of criminal gangs, with their ongoing avenger activities both between gangs and against would-be witnesses, in the region as the greatest challenge to law enforcement.
Unlike the experience in Marvel Comic Universe, where some moviegoers, “shush” those spoiler alerts, enjoy the movie and then re-enter reality, there is no escaping these avenger activities in our ‘Marvellous CARICOM Universe’. Could we then in our ‘Marvellous CARICOM Universe’ possibly wield our Infinity Stones to stop these destructive activities? But, as in the Marvel Comic Universe, who would be able to use these powerful Infinity Stones for the good of our CARICOM region?
Attempts at CARICOM Avengers: Endgame
Many have been trying for years to write the plot, and find directors and a team of actors to create a CARICOM Avengers: Endgame. Since 2004, our Metropole powers, the Arizona State University Centre for Violence and Prevention Community Service (ASU CVPCS), has been working at diagnosing our avenger activities and the strength of CARICOM governments to wield their respective and collective powers. Actors have included; police, government agencies, private, nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Avenger activity strategies included ASU’s CVPCS, the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, American University, and Sam Houston State University signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Inter-University Consortium for the Study of Caribbean Gang Violence.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) seeking to examine insecurity and violence among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, provided recommendations to nations on how to address crime and violence by nation and within the region, among others.
In the Marvel Comic Universe, the one who wears the Infinity Gauntlet containing the Infinity Stones is able to rule the Universe. Musician Buju Banton sang about each of us wanting to ‘rule our destiny’ but who can wield the power of these six stones to guide our Marvellous CARICOM Universe for the better?
We can easily walk out of the Marvel Comic Universe as we walk out of the movie theatres, but the luxury of walking out of our Marvellous CARICOM Universe does not exist, and while some migrate many remain. How then do we embrace the Reality Stone? In MCU, the Reality Stone converts matter into dark matter, bonding in a parasitic way to a host. Some harsh regional reality.
“It’s easy to get from Latin America into North America; it’s the logical route. While it provides opportunities for our economies, it also provides huge challenges as there are opportunities for those who are involved in illegitimate activities.”
Unfortunately, recruited avengers bond strongly to a powerful host that is greater than any local or regional government. This is where regional reality begins, by accepting that one of the Infinity Stones is continually out of reach.
Now, with the possibility of working with five of the six Infinity Stones, what heroic tricks are there available?
The regional reality of our geographical location makes protecting our space even more critical. Many governments do focus on the protection of borders. In the MCU, anyone holding the Space Stone can create a portal from one part of the universe to another. Thus, possibly more regional leaders might want to think in terms of creating something similar to that ‘Trump wall’ so that what enters the region’s portals would be mostly for the betterment of the region.
Marvel Comic Universe makes it clear that the Power Stone could destroy whole civilizations.
Marvel Comic Universe makes it clear that the Power Stone could destroy whole civilizations. Unfortunately in the Marvellous CARICOM Universe, far too many, consider avenger activities as destructive to certain communities and certain ethnicities, classes and or groups, without appreciating that the Power Stone holds the same power in our CARICOM Universe. Fortunately, some are now waking up to this reality, “there is a creeping volcano and rumbling sounds of insecurity pervading our Caribbean space,” said Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism. “These rumblings are not only in Jamaica; they are in Trinidad, they are in St Kitts and Nevis, and they are in The Bahamas, and they are now in Barbados and the British Virgin Islands,” said Bartlett.
We must find our superheroes to come together to save our region! Yes, there are collaborations and activities going on, such as, police anti-gang units, repeat offenders programmes, occasional curfews and state of emergencies, criminologist studies in locations, draft strategy on youth violence and legislative interventions such as Trinidad and Tobago Anti Gang Act 2011, similar to St. Kitts Nevis Community Protection Act 2011.
Let’s recall, that in Marvel Comic Universe, the hand that wears the Infinity Gauntlet with the Infinity Stones rules the Universe. It really is no different in the Marvellous CARICOM Universe. Yet we are yet to reach to the ultimate source of power that could significantly impact our CARICOM Universe. We are yet to reach into the spaces that we might be able to wield some power; the home. It is in the home that our CARICOM Universe can find some influence on a smaller type Space Stone.
We are already battling a huge powerhouse holding the big Space Stone, so working in our smaller spaces and with the ultimate power source is but the least we could do for our CARICOM Universe. Six factors continue to weaken the ability to hold any power over the six Infinity Stones; absentee fathers, maternal detachment (a reality we hardly explore in our region), parental fighting and parental breakups (leaving a faulty structure), parents already in avenger activities and poor quality parenting marripedia.org/effects_of_parents_on_crime_rates
Not until these six factors are given as equal consideration as the brute force of the boot and bullet, would we really know of increasing the strength of our Power Stone in this CARICOM Universe.
Mind speaks to consciousness and thought. The Mind Stone controls the minds of other individuals. Avenger activities in CARICOM Universe involve a lot of turf wars and reprisals. It’s just as the trailer for Marvel’s Avenger: Endgame says, “some people move on…but not us…not us”. In this case, the Mind Stone for our CARICOM Universe might be to agree with the mindset that “some people move on…but not us…not us”.
Instead work to take the Avengers and would-be avengers to a time when, the Space Stone and Power Stone and Mind Stone were all held by hands external to CARICOM ancestors, and led to the brutal implementation of a system that the ancestors fought against. Maybe if more of us would not be so quick to ‘move on’ from this past reality, there would be a reverence for the opportunities now before us to ‘rule our destiny’ in our small Caribbean locations.
Many of our youth, remain in the present blissfully unaware of what went before even to allow for someone looking as they do, to dare speak of things such as ‘turf wars’ in our CARICOM universe, these ‘turf wars’ are almost like never-ending ‘Avengers: Infinity Wars’. In the Marvel Comic Universe, the Time Stone holds the power to manipulate time. Unless we in our Marvellous CARICOM Universe find our means of manipulating time by creating a timeless bridge between past Caribbean history and current Caribbean challenges, our Time Stone power might remain of very little influence.
The Soul Stone in Marvel Comic Universe can manipulate the essence of a person. This is the ultimate goal of the work of all the other Infinity Stones if a well-integrated plan is developed. Yet realistically there is no true endgame within our Marvellous CARICOM Universe. But for sure, the game is on. As head of the Bermuda Police Service put it; “…across the Caribbean, gangs, gun violence and drug trafficking all go together, and they represent a common and significant threat to many of our local communities.” The Bermuda police chief, who noted that the per capita homicide rate in the Caribbean is higher than most parts of the world, said that this must be pushed back before it escalates into violent extremism.
So in our Marvellous CARICOM Universe, there is no true Avengers: Endgame but at least there could be some heroic tricks.
By Kerriann Toby
Kerriann Toby is a dynamic therapist currently pursuing her Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD). She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and has trained as a cyber counselor. Her areas of experience, expertise, and interest include child development, sexual and reproductive health, gender-related matters, marriage and family life and promoting the idea of positive psychology, using strengths to support mental health and wellbeing.
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