Earlier this week Empire Magazine revealed 25 different covers featuring characters from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Empire released a new cover every hour over the course of 25 hours. The covers provided first looks at new additions like Quicksilver and Warpath, along with glimpses of old favorites.
One cover also featured a futuristic Sentinel, which you can see above. The Empire article says that the future Sentinels are composed of metallic plates that can be rearranged on the fly. These plates allow the Sentinels to change their shape for any situation they might face. That is definitely a major upgrade over the giant, plodding, purple robots of old.
Here are some biblical characters who also experienced some major upgrades.
Other than Robocop, Moses may have experienced the greatest upgrades in human history. He was a murderous child of privilege who was forced into exile. During his time away, though, God completely changed his life and gave him some major upgrades. Moses’s staff represented the power of God and with it he performed amazing miracles. He turned the Nile into blood, he parted the Red Sea and he brought water forth from a rock. The Green Lantern receives his upgrade from a ring; Moses did the same thing but with a staff instead.
Samson also got some major upgrades in the form of the Spirit of the Lord. I’ve written a lot about Samson here at The Christian Nerd. He’s the Bible’s best example of a super hero because of his super strength and penchant for fighting. Numerous times throughout his life the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, empowering him to do great feats of strength. I can’t imagine a better upgrade than the Holy Spirit. I have felt empowered by the Holy Spirit plenty of times in my life but none as violently as Samson’s experiences. Perhaps that will change, though, if I ever see a lion while walking my dog.
Peter’s upgrade was definitely super human. Peter was just a normal fisherman but, when he came into contact with Jesus, he was able to walk on water. The Bible never tells us if Peter tried walking on water again, but I like to think that he did. Walking on water would have been very useful when Jesus had died and Peter returned to his previous life. Fishing out of a boat is difficult because all of the nets need to be dragged into the boat. Peter could have simply walked out on the Sea of Galilee, filled his nets and dragged them back to shore. It’s not as impressive as Namor, King of Atlantis, but it’s not too shabby for an uneducated fisherman.
Most of the covers for X-Men Days of Future Past raised my excitement level for the movie. A few (I’m looking at you Quicksilver) strengthened my doubts about the movie. If anything, we know that the future Sentinels get some deadly upgrades. Thankfully we only have to wait a little more than three months to see those upgrades on screen.
What are some of your favorite biblical upgrades?