Big Hero 6
|Big Hero 6|
|First appearance||Sunfire & Big Hero 6 #1 (September 1998)|
|Created by||Steven T. Seagle
|Base(s)||Cool World Amusement Park in Japan|
Created by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau in their spare time while working on another project, Big Hero 6 was first intended to appear in Alpha Flight vol. 2 #17 (December 1998). Instead, the team appeared in their own self-titled three issue miniseries by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Gus Vasquez, which, due to scheduling issues, was published before Alpha Flight #17. The team appears in a subsequent five-issue miniseries, which was launched by Marvel Comics in September 2008.
When the Japanese government needs a team of state-sanctioned superheroes at their disposal, a top-secret consortium of politicians and business entities known as the Giri is formed to recruit and train potential superhuman operatives for the team, which is named Big Hero 6. Despite reservations by some members of the Giri, Silver Samurai, a freelance ronin and former bodyguard of the terrorist Viper, is appointed as field commander. Secret agent Honey Lemon, inventor of the nanotechnology-based Power Purse from which she can access any object, also agrees to join the team. The tough-talking GoGo Tomago, able to transubstantiate her body into a fiery force blast by uttering her code-name, was released from prison on the condition that she serve on the team. The Machiavellian bureaucrat known only as Mr. Oshima is appointed as the Giri's spokesperson and coordinates the team's activities.
Government scientists next identified 13-year-old boy genius Hiro Takachiho as a potential operative. Unimpressed with the Silver Samurai, Hiro declines joining the team until his mother is kidnapped by the Everwraith, the astral embodiment of all those killed in the 1945 nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Baymax, a synthetic bodyguard capable of synthforming[clarification needed] into a dragon, is created by Hiro using the brain engrams of his dead father. With Baymax, Hiro reluctantly joins forces with Big Hero 6 to prevent Everwraith from slaughtering millions in downtown Tokyo. During the battle, Big Hero 6 is joined by Sunfire, Japan's premier superhero, who is a mutant with the ability to super-heat matter into plasma. Sunfire is instrumental in the Everwraith's defeat.
Soon afterwards, Big Hero 6 moves their headquarters from the Giri Office Building to Japan's Cool World Amusement Park, where they are attacked by X the Unknowable, a monster born from a child's drawings that can transform its atomic structure into any form and shape. With the help of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight, Big Hero 6 destroys X the Unknowable in the fires of Mount Fuji. Afterwards, Big Hero 6 continues to protect Japan from various threats, such as a freak blizzard caused by the Crimson Cowl and her Masters of Evil.
Eventually, Sunfire leaves Big Hero 6 so that he can work at Charles Xavier's X-Corporation office in Mumbai, India. His spot on the team is filled by Sunpyre, a young woman with similar solar-based powers who is pulled into this reality through the Power Purse, and comes to idolize Honey Lemon. Similarly, after Silver Samurai is seemingly slain in an altercation with the assassin Elektra in Iraq, his spot on the team is filled by the enigmatic Ebon Samurai. With the two most experienced members of Big Hero 6 gone, Hiro becomes the team's new leader.[volume & issue needed]
Sometime during the team's operation, they are attacked by minions of Yandroth. As part of a plan to gain power via superhero battles, Yandroth sends a team of Living Erasers into their building. These entities are capable of transporting beings out of reality. The entire battle takes place off panel and is only mentioned in conjunction with attacks upon other superhero teams.[volume & issue needed]
Later, the members of Big Hero 6 fall victim to a mind-control device implanted within Baymax. Traveling to Canada, the mind-controlled superheroes attack a new incarnation of Alpha Flight at a national park. After a brief battle, the mind-control device is short-circuited and the two teams part as friends. Big Hero 6 returns to Japan to seek out the parties responsible for their mind control.[volume & issue needed]
During the Ends of the Earth storyline, Spider-Man calls upon Big Hero 6 to help him defeat Doctor Octopus. The team, now operating from the Giri Institute, confronts Doctor Octopus' Octobots, which Octopus has sent to Japan. They subsequently confront their previous enemy Everwraith, and are victorious.
Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada), the illegitimate son of Shingen Yashida, is a Japanese mutant with the power to charge almost anything, most notably his katana, with mutant energy (described as a tachyon field) which enables it to slice through any known substance excluding adamantium. He also sports a suit of traditional samurai armor. It is made of a silver metal, hence his professional name.[volume & issue needed]
Harada was once the bodyguard for the international terrorist known as the Viper and was subsequently an occasional mercenary, but he became the head of Clan Yashida after his half-sister Mariko Yashida's death. He attempted to pay off his clan's debts to the Yakuza and restore its honor. Though once one of Wolverine's greatest enemies, he had apparently impressed Wolverine so greatly that Wolverine entrusted him with the care of his adopted daughter, Amiko Kobayashi. The Samurai even once helped Wolverine destroy the monster known as "Doombringer," and later helped Logan rescue Amiko and Yukio from their kidnappers. During his time as a hero, the Silver Samurai became the leader of the Big Hero 6.[volume & issue needed]
Silver Samurai eventually became the bodyguard of the Japanese prime minister, but was killed while defending his family home from a ninja attack.
Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) was a one-time member of the X-Men and a former nationalist who changed his views after the death of his father. Possessing the ability to fly and generate super-heated blasts of plasma, Shiro became one of Japan's most prominent heroes. He soon left Big Hero 6 to become a member of the X-Corporation, but was disgraced after his past ties to Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants were revealed. Sunfire has since appeared as a member of the Marauders and the Uncanny Avengers.[volume & issue needed]
Little is known of Honey Lemon's past, or how she obtained the purse that gives her "superpowers."
Hiro Takachiho is a thirteen-year-old boy with brilliant intelligence.
Monster Baymax began his existence as a science project created by Hiro. He was originally designed to be a hydro-powered robotic synthformer programmed to serve as Hiro's personal bodyguard, butler, and chauffeur. However, prior to the project's completion, Hiro's father died and the young inventor programmed Baymax's artificial intelligence using the brain engrams of his recently departed father. With the thoughts and emotions of Hiro's father, Baymax became much more than a robotic bodyguard. He also functions as Hiro's best friend and father figure, and is by his side nearly every hour of every day. Baymax also feels a deep attachment to Hiro's mother; however, Hiro and Baymax decided it was not in her best interest to inform her that her departed husband's memories were used as the basis for Baymax's artificial intelligence, at least for the time being.
In his prior life, the Ebon Samurai (Kiochi Keishicho) was a Tokyo police officer who was slain by Silver Samurai during an attack by HYDRA. After making a deal with Amatsu-Mikaboshi, Kiochi was allowed to return to Earth and exact vengeance upon the Silver Samurai. Wielding a demonic katana and permanently bonded to black variant of his foe's armor, Kiochi was reborn as the Ebon Samurai. However, upon learning that Silver Samurai had become the bodyguard of the Japanese prime minister, Kiochi abandoned his quest for revenge, realizing that murdering Harada would constitute a betrayal of his country. He subsequently leaves the team to accompany Sunpyre when she returns to the Microverse.[volume & issue needed]
An alternate reality version of Sunfire's deceased sister Leyu, Sunpyre (Lumina) is the crown princess of Coronar, a planet hidden deep within the Microverse. As a result of being pulled out of the Microverse through Honey Lemon's purse, Sunpyre worships her as a goddess, and joins the Big Hero 6 out of a sense of gratitude. She and the Ebon Samurai later left the team to return to the Microverse and oust the villains who had taken over Coronar during her absence.
A trained chef who uses various swords to fight. He can also give form to his Qi-Energy, usually materializing it as throwing knives that can paralyze opponents.
In other media
Big Hero 6 inspired the 2014 Disney computer-animated film of the same name. Produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures, Big Hero 6 is the first Marvel-based production from Disney's animation division; whose parent company was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 2009. The film was theatrically released in the United States on November 7, 2014, and stars Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada, Scott Adsit as Baymax, T. J. Miller as Fred, Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago, Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi, and Génesis Rodríguez as Honey Lemon. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, the film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain named Yōkai.
The film retains some of the core themes and names from the comics while taking creative freedom in several aspects of the story. For example, the film's version of Baymax is a friendly robot originally designed to provide medical care. The film received widespread acclaim. Big Hero 6 premiered at the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival on October 23, 2014 and at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 3D on October 31, 2014. It won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and was nominated for the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature and the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
A video game based on the film titled Big Hero 6: Battle in the Bay was released on October 28, 2014 for the Nintendo 3DS and DS. Hiro and Baymax from the film are also available in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes as playable Disney Originals characters in the Toy Box. There is also an app based on the film titled Big Hero 6: Bot Fight.
The first series of Bandai Big Hero Six action figures, with both figures packed at two-per-display-of-25-figures.
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