Disney/Marvel’s Big Hero 6 is a film that is full of Christian imagery and themes. In this episode of the Finding Christ In Cinema podcast, we’ll dig into two of those themes – revenge and the Holy Spirit – in order to help you use this film to share the Gospel of Jesus with your friends.
For your convenience you will find each podcast segment at the time referenced below:
- 00:00:00 – Introduction
- 00:03:05 – Big Hero 6 Discussion
- 00:53:20 – Listener Feedback and Challenge
- 01:03:05 – Well-mannered Frivolity
- 01:12:15 – Lightning Round
- 01:13:15 – Upcoming
When Hiro and the team first form the Big Hero 6, their mission is to destroy the microbots’ neurotransmitter in the Kabuki mask. They think this will resolve the conflict because they believe the villain is Mr. Krei, the guy that wanted to buy the microbots from Hiro at the convention. Complications arise when the team finds out that it isn’t Mr. Krei, but instead someone they all trust and someone that Tadashi tried to save at the expense of his own life: Mr. Callaghan.
Once Callaghan reveals the truth, a spirit of anger and hatred overcomes Hiro to the point at which he orders Baymax to destroy his brother’s murderer. He even goes as far as to remove the green healthcare chip from Baymax’s access port and leave only the red chip, thus enabling Baymax to go against his original programming. Thankfully, Honey Lemon replaces the green chip and stops Baymax from launching his fist at Callaghan.
After Hiro finally understands that his brother Tadashi is still alive through Baymax, he can move on to extend that kindness and love to Mr. Callaghan, who is for all intents and purposes of this story an enemy. But Callaghan, just like Hiro, is also inwardly suffering and outwardly being evil because of the loss of his own daughter. Once Hiro and the team stop Callaghan, Hiro and Baymax are then able to do for Callaghan what Baymax did for Hiro: find that which had been lost and bring back to life that which had been dead – Callaghan’s daughter.
But Hiro would not have been able to do all that if he was still seeking revenge for Tadashi. If vengeance was still Hiro’s mission, he would not have had room in his heart for Baymax’s comfort and encouragement and would not have had the capacity to move on from Tadashi’s death and forgive Callaghan. Then Callaghan’s daughter would have certainly died in that space between time, and Callaghan would have killed Krei. By simply turning the other cheek, Hiro saved his own life and that of Krei, Callaghan and his daughter, and arguably his fellow team members and maybe even Baymax himself.
Key Text: Matthew 5:38-39
“You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.” (NLT)
As previously mentioned, Baymax was able to go to Hiro’s side and comfort him in the wake of his brother’s passing and later encourage him to make the merciful and forgiving choice regarding Callaghan. This type of comforting and encouragement is comparable to that of the Holy Spirit. In fact, Baymax could be understood as an image of the Holy Spirit. Baymax scans the patients who express their pain (when they say “ow”), just as the Holy Spirit searches the hearts of those who call on him.
Here’s the most important connection between Baymax and the Holy Spirit, though: just as Tadashi, although gone, is still present via Baymax, Jesus, also gone, is still present via the Holy Spirit. In John’s gospel, almost the entire dialogue in the Upper Room is Jesus telling his disciples that the Holy Spirit will take his place in their lives. The Holy Spirit is just as comforting and just as encouraging as Jesus. So when Jesus said in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age,” He meant it.
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