Big Hero 6 could be joining the ranks of the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe. At one point this would have seemed a surprising move based on the style of the characters and their long-tenured run in the animated world. But this is a new landscape for characters when it comes to big-budget movies. Basically, anything from the comic book pages or even the universe of animation is fair game when it comes to bringing them into the fold. And that’s going to be the case with the Big Hero 6 group who will soon be cast for live-action versions for the studio.
The news about Big Hero 6 comes from DisInsider who says that Hiro and Baymax will soon enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This follows a trend for the studio, bringing basically every character Marvel has ever created into the mix sooner than later. Some are the ones we know and love from the comic book pages, but there have been lesser-known folks folded in as well. With the studio owning the whole catalog now there’s no reason to wait on any project.
Big Hero 6 was first published by Marvel back in 1998 and follows the adventures of the titular group who are a team of crimefighting/ superhero types. They include Hiro, a genius teenager, his robot bodyguard Baymax plus Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago, and mutants Sunfire and Silver Samurai. The original comic book pages more resemble an X-Men issue with the characters definitively adult and represented as such.
But in 2014, Disney put out a Big Hero 6 movie with a different feel than the original pages of the comic book. This one had a decidedly more kid-friendly approach with Baymax looking every bit a StayPuff Marshmallow and Hiro even trending a bit younger. The film totally worked, making almost $660 million at the box office on its $165 million budget. It nailed it with critics as well, scoring 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with critics praising basically everything from the tone, to the style, to the story.
How Marvel envisions bringing the Big Hero 6 crew into the fold remains to be seen. It would be tough to deliver on the “cute” aspect of the movies considering the characters had a decidedly younger feel. But there could be a meeting in the middle of the comic book pages and the on-screen versions. Marvel’s track record with this kind of thing is incredibly strong so giving them the benefit of the doubt in introducing different characters is likely the way to go.
Again, this news about Big Hero 6 and a live-action representation is incredibly new. These days, with CGI advances, bringing any character to the big screen is totally doable even if an actor isn’t there in the flesh playing the role. Heck Guardians of the Galaxy had two main characters that were a tiny raccoon and another a tree. Nothing is too heavy a lift. We should hear more about Hiro, Baymax, and the rest of the crew in due time. With Marvel news rolling in just about every day, the studio is ramping things up to warp speed with their next phases of production.