2020 feels like Armageddon, and the whole Internet has been joking about it since the beginning of March. The coronavirus pandemic and international conflicts, celebrity deaths and uprisings – it feels as if the planet will overthrow at one point.
For some reason, the end of the world was an attractive topic at all times when it was foretold. Long ago John the Apostle predicted the Apocalypse. However, in his concept it should have been a global cleanup from sins. But the sacred meaning was lost. The motif of Armageddon has acquired dozens of interpretations in culture since 100 AD. Some disaster movies reflect the aggravation of the political situation, while, on the contrary, become a psychological relief.
In the modern sense the Apocalypse is associated with the fall of a meteorite which has been allegedly bequeathed by the Mayan civilization, a planetary-scale disaster caused by a volcano eruption, and even with the invasion of aliens. All of this isn't as realistic as it used to be, for example, ten years ago. But once the Apocalypse has been a very realistic threat for the whole world. Almost every disaster film has hidden symbolism that became a mirror of that time.