Thursday, May 9, 2013

Disney to release first animated Marvel movie

In an exclusive from Hero Complex, we now not only know that Disney will be bringing a new Marvelverse Big Hero 6 to the screen in 2014. We are also able to get a look at the location of the action, “San Fransokyo.”
CG-animated film called

Back in 2009, Disney bought Marvel for a mere $4 billion and fans wondered what this acquisition would mean. Would they do the comic book company justice? This 2009 rendering by our resident artist David Rosenberg reflected our skepticism at the time. But things have been working pretty damn well so far so we’re pretty optimistic about Big Hero 6.

According to Hero Complex, Don Hall (Winnie the Pooh) will direct the film that’s due to be released on Nov. 7, 2014. The movie’s focus is on “a robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada and his robot companion BayMax, who join a team of superheroes in a high-tech city called San Fransokyo.”

Based on the little-known Marvel comic book series of the same name created in 1998 by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau, Hall, who is a lifelong Marvel fan, likes the fact that the “detail-obsessed fan base” is minimal and therefore, the characters will not be overly scrutinized. Hall stated, “I was looking for something on the obscure side, something that would mesh well with what we do. The idea of a kid and a robot story with a strong brother element, it’s very Disney.”

Are you excited to visit San Fransokyo? How do you think Disney is doing with the Marvel Universe?

-Larissa Mrykalo