Guardians of the Galaxy was considered by many to be a big risk for Marvel Studios, introducing these relatively obscure characters into the massively-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, the risk paid off, with Guardians of the Galaxy grossing over $500 million worldwide after just one month in release. Marvel's parent company Walt Disney Studios are taking a similar risk with their first animated adaptation of a Marvel comic book this fall, Big Hero 6, a title much more obscure than Guardians of the Galaxy.
"They do feel like distant cousins. Guardians is a Marvel movie, but it's sort of gone off on a different branch. It indicates that fans of superhero movies are willing to try new flavors."
Since Big Hero 6 does mark Marvel's first ever animated adaptation with Disney, producer John Lasseter was asked if there have been any discussions for Disney or Pixar to make an animated movie that will fit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's what he had to say below.
"Not yet. No, we haven't. If we went directly into the Marvel Universe, that would mean we'd work more directly with Marvel. Without question, it was made 100 percent here. They'd forgotten the books existed."
The producer did add there were screenings of the film that involved Marvel's chief creative officer Joe Quesada, but the project is still very much a Disney movie based on a Marvel comic, instead of a Marvel movie that Disney animated. John Lasseter also added that he thinks Big Hero 6 deserves its own genre.
"We don't call it a superhero movie. We call it a super nerd movie."