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Walt Disney Animation may be bringing a second Marvel super team to theaters in 2014

06.29.2012

It looks like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is not the only mystery project Marvel will bring to theaters in 2014.

Marvel's Japanese super hero squad BIG HERO 6 will be turned into a movie courtesy of Walt Disney Animation. This will be the first theatrical animated Marvel film and the first animated by Disney.

Blue Sky Disney has been following the development of this project. They believe WINNIE THE POOH director Don Hall will oversee the movie and that it could open as early as 2014. The production became known when script tracking website It's On The Grid reported the film was currently seeking a screenwriter.

Never heard of BIG HERO 6? It will based on a five issue 1998 miniseries. The characters originally appeared in the comic Alpha Flight. Their backstory is that they are a secret team of heroes sanctioned by the Japanese government to protect them from threats. Members of the team have included Baymax, Ebon Samurai, GoGo Tomago, Hiro Takachiho, Honey Lemon, Sunpyre, Silver Samurai, Sunfire, and Wasabi-No-Ginger.

The two best known characters, Sunfire and Silver Samurai, may not even be able to appear in the film as they are associated with the X-Men and therefore are the property of Fox.

It remains to be seen if Disney and Marvel are approaching this as a kid's movie or something more along the lines of Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES. With such a little known team, they are pretty free to do whatever they wish.

Any BIG HERO 6 fans out there? If so, let us know if this sounds like a good movie or not.

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10:56AM on 07/02/2012
Does Silver Samurai (or Sunfire) appear in Fox's The Wolverine? That is an important question.
However, if Samurai does not, Blue Sky has the advantage noted. The studio has obscure superheroes who are neither beloved nor well-known; thus, the project can characterize them however Disney and Marvel wish. Blade was a much stronger character for Hollywood's tinkering.
Still, Big Hero 6 has a few minor disadvantages. This project is simply another on the superhero movie bandwagon. Both American
Does Silver Samurai (or Sunfire) appear in Fox's The Wolverine? That is an important question.
However, if Samurai does not, Blue Sky has the advantage noted. The studio has obscure superheroes who are neither beloved nor well-known; thus, the project can characterize them however Disney and Marvel wish. Blade was a much stronger character for Hollywood's tinkering.
Still, Big Hero 6 has a few minor disadvantages. This project is simply another on the superhero movie bandwagon. Both American and Japanese audiences might see Big Hero 6 as pandering to each other's respective market. And, comicfans want other projects before this one: Alpha Flight, Defenders, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Ant-Man, etc.
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8:38PM on 06/29/2012
God, you can already feel movie execs totally ruining the whole 'superhero team' idea.

God, you can already feel movie execs totally ruining the whole 'superhero team' idea.

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8:23PM on 06/29/2012
I guess after the Avengers, studios are anxious for any "super-hero team" type movie. What's next, a reboot of Power Rangers.

I don't know anything about the source material. I think a 2D animated film would be a neat idea, though.
I guess after the Avengers, studios are anxious for any "super-hero team" type movie. What's next, a reboot of Power Rangers.

I don't know anything about the source material. I think a 2D animated film would be a neat idea, though.
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7:25PM on 06/29/2012
This makes me happy, Big Hero 6 is a really good book with ties to the X-Men. I have no idea how Marvel/Disney is going to pull this off without using Silver Samurai but I'm willing to see how. I hope they use anime influences considering that it all takes place in Japan.
This makes me happy, Big Hero 6 is a really good book with ties to the X-Men. I have no idea how Marvel/Disney is going to pull this off without using Silver Samurai but I'm willing to see how. I hope they use anime influences considering that it all takes place in Japan.
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