Big Hero 6 without question was another hit for Disney/Marvel studios. This is Disney’s first (and probably not last) animated film based on a Marvel comic. Not only was this film awesome, but it’s also taken from a real Marvel superhero team also called Big Hero 6 which debuted in Sept. of 1998. Some of the characters are similar to their counterparts in the comics however some of them are VERY different. I would like to compare/contrast the comic book version with the Disney animated film Big Hero 6. WARNING: There are some spoilers ahead.
Hiro (Hamada) Takachiho
In both the comics and the film, Hiro (it’s Hamada in the film; and Takachiho in the comics) is well known as a child prodigy born with a super-genius intelligence. In the comics, he is born and raised in a futuristic city of Tokyo. However, in the Disney animated version, he lives in a revolutionized city of San Fransokyo. His fascination with inventions quickly lead him to acceptance into the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology or in the comics the Tesuka Advanced Science Institute. To learn more about the comic book Hiro visit: http://marvel.wikia.com/Hiro_Takachiho_%28Earth-616%29 and the Disney version here: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Hiro_Hamada.
Yes, this is what Baymax really looks like in the comics. He is still a robot in some form but is definitely more threatening and fearsome looking than what is made out to be in the Disney film. In the comics, Baymax is a “robotic synthformer” who was created by Hiro. In the film however, Hiro’s older brother Tadashi was the one who constructed Baymax. Baymax in both the comics and film became Hiro’s personal bodyguard and companion. He became a viable part of the team and fought alongside Hiro in every battle. Read More: http://marvel.wikia.com/Baymax_%28Earth-616%29 and also here: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Baymax.
Aiko Miyazaki aka Honey Lemon, is a chemistry fanatic in the film. She carries around a purse which enables her to protect herself when threatened from an oncoming enemy. “The strap of Honey’s purse is a string of empty capsules, made of an advanced polyethylene shell, which are passed into the purse, where syringes inject the chosen chemicals into them. Such concoctions include hardening foam to halt movement, cushioning foam to break falls, ice to freeze enemies, and smokescreens for camouflage.” Read More: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Honey_Lemon.
In the comics however, her purse is a little bit different. According to Marvel’s Wikia page, her special power purse allows her to “access to another, unknown dimension from which she can pull out all kinds of items and use those things to her liking.” Read More: http://marvel.wikia.com/Aiko_Miyazaki_%28Earth-616%29.
Leiko Tanaka aka Go-Go Tomago, is a mechanical engineering student in the film. She is not a person you want to mess with. With very agile abilities, Tanaka is the fastest and most athletic of the bunch. Her super-powered discs act as wheels and can maneuver her around at will. “However, not only do the discs act as wheels and a mode of transportation, they also act as dangerous weapons, capable of causing quite a lot of damage once flung to a specific target. Once the target is hit (if at all) the discs magnetically return to the suit, enabling instant reuse.” Read More: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/GoGo_Tomago.
In the comics however, her powers and abilities are different. According to Marvel’s Wikia page, Go-Go Tomago battle suit “is a voice-activated device that absorbs and amplifies kinetic energy, enabling it’s wearer to temporarily transubstantiate his or her body mass into thermochemical energy simply by uttering the trigger words Go-Go Tomago.” Read More: http://marvel.wikia.com/Leiko_Tanaka_%28Earth-616%29.
Wasabi (Silver Samurai)
These last two comic book characters have been around much longer than the Big Hero 6 team that was introduced to us in the year 1998.
In the film, a young man named Wasabi is fascinated with scientific discoveries. “Wasabi’s scientifically engineered abilities are based off his latest school project; laser induced plasma. In addition to his natural physical strength and scientific skill, Wasabi’s suit contains a pair of retractable plasma blades housed in the forearms. These blades are razor sharp and can slice through most, if not all, materials with relative ease.” Read More: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Wasabi.
In the comic book version, Wasabi resembles the mutant (people who are born with special powers) named Silver Samurai. In the comics, the Silver Samurai was a big part of the team. However, he was a Marvel character long before he joined Big Hero 6. A native of Japan, the Silver Samurai had been around since 1974. His real name was Keniuchio Harada. A worthy adversary of the X-Men most notably Wolverine, he also fought DareDevil and Spider-Man every now and then. The Silver Samurai also worked for HYDRA. After the death of his father, he began to help form Japan’s first Super-Hero team called Big Hero 6. You can learn more about the Silver Samurai here: http://marvel.wikia.com/Keniuchio_Harada_%28Earth-616%29.
This is yet another character who is completely different from the Big Hero 6 comic book series. In the film, Fred is pictured as this scrawny kid who is a huge comic book fanatic and enjoys watching monster movies. The film depicts Fred wearing his powerful suit that breathes fire. “Fred’s “Fredzilla” super suit is designed to look like a Kaiju, or japanese monster. Its exoskeleton enables Fred to jump incredibly high, and it contains a flamethrower installed just below his chest, in the mouth of the suit. The suit is also flame-resistant and is equipped with claws.” Read More: http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Fred_%28Big_Hero_6%29.
The comic book version of him strays far away from the movie. Like the Silver Samurai, the comic book character that Fred portrays in the film is another mutant named Sunfire (1970). Shiro Yoshida aka Sunfire was another mutant who fought against the X-Men sporadically. Some of his powers include the ability to project “solar fire,” able to fly by generating super-heated air currents, and has a protective psionic force field. He later became a member of the X-Men after consulting with Professor Charles Xavier. Finally, he joined Big Hero 6 and has became a major contributor to the team. To read more about Sunfire visit: http://marvel.wikia.com/Shiro_Yoshida_(Earth-616).
So there you have it! As you just saw, Disney/Marvel were able to dive into the Big Hero 6 comic book source material and modify some of the characters for their film. I really enjoyed how Disney took some of these Marvel characters and made it fit their style of a family friendly action/adventure flick. I am constantly amazed how the creative writers at the Disney studios are able to consistently produce films that go above and beyond our expectations. If they ever produce a sequel (which I am sure they will) then I am all for it!
So what do you guys think? Have you ever seen or read the original comic book versions of these super-hero characters? Did you enjoy the film and hope they make a sequel? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.