Disney hasn't been resting on its laurels since purchasing Star Wars and Marvel. Disney continues to grow the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is planning a similar expansion of that galaxy far, far away.
Disney has already set release dates for Episodes VII-IX, movies for which I couldn't be more excited. Disney is also delving deeper into the Star Wars universe through its Star Wars Anthology series.
The first Anthology movie will be Rogue One, which will be followed by a movie about Boba Fett. Despite his small role in the original trilogy, Boba Fett is one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe. Even though he was a straight-up villain, Boba Fett has achieved anti-hero status. His story was extensively explored in the Expanded Universe but this will be the first movie focused on him alone.
In honor of Boba Fett's coming movie, here are some of the Bible's greatest anti-heroes.
Nebby is one of my favorite Bible characters; he's a great example that God can use and speak to anyone. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the most powerful nation on earth and deeply pagan. In spite of the odds stacked against him, though, Nebuchadnezzar found his way to God. He was definitely a villain for conquering Judah, destroying the Temple and sending God's people into exile. But he managed to set a new course with a little help from God. If God forced me to live like a wild animal for seven years because of my arrogance, I might want to set a new course as well.
Unlike Nebuchadnezzar who started off poorly but finished well, King Saul started off well but finished poorly. King Saul didn’t necessarily have the pedigree to be a king, but he definitely looked like one. He was a head taller than everyone else, like Lando hanging out with a bunch of Ugnaughts. As tall as he was, though, Saul still couldn’t measure up to God’s standards. Saul made a lot of compromises throughout his reign, which eventually led to his downfall. Nebuchadnezzar surprises us with us turnaround, but we just end up shaking our heads at Saul’s demise. He’s not so much an anti-hero as he is an example of wasted potential.
Unlike his given name’s namesake, Paul finished well. Before he met Christ, Paul was a fiery zealot who advanced in Judaism and persecuted the church. After he met Christ, Paul was a fiery zealot who advanced Christianity and grew the church. Paul’s personality didn’t change, but his focus did. Even after his conversion Paul wasn’t willing to back down from a fight. He was definitely a hero for Gentile Christians, but I can’t imagine everyone at the Jerusalem Council was happy to see him walk through the door.
I’m excited for a Boba Fett movie, but only as excited as I would be for any other Star Wars movie. Boba Fett is cool, but I’m not nearly as obsessed with him as others. I guess I never forgave him for turning Han over to Jabba.
Who is one of your favorite biblical anti-heroes?