Disney and Marvel Working on Animated Movie Big Hero 6
06.30.12 by Ryan
Since purchasing the studio in 2009, Disney is finally making their first animated movie in conjunction with Marvel Studios and, as one would expect, Disney has decided to capitalize on Marvel's vast array of characters by choosing to adapt . . .Big Hero 6?
Assembled by the Japanese government to protect the country from any and all threats, the group fist appeared in Marvel comic books in 1998's Sunfire and Big Hero 6 #1 and consisted of X-Man Sunfire, Wolverine villain Silver Samurai, 13-year old super-genius Hiro Takachiho and his shapeshifting robot bodyguard Baymax, mystical purse-wielding Honey Lemon, and the energy ball-transforming Go-Go Tomago. Disney has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Big Hero 6 is in the works, but declined to state what screenwriters or directors are involved. More information could arrive at Comic-Con next month.
There is one stumbling block to using the original Big Hero 6 characters and that is the fact that Twentieth Century Fox owns the characters Sunfire and Silver Samurai, with the latter being confirmed as the villain in Fox's upcoming The Wolverine by Hugh Jackman at last year's Comic-Con. Luckily, Marvel has already prepared for such potential rights conflicts, either intentionally or unintentionally, by replacing the two questionable character with almost exact duplicates.
Silver Samurai was eventually replaced by Ebon Samurai, who is again an excellent swordsman who is bonded to a demon and has mystical armor, and Sunfire was replaced by an alternate dimension version of his sister Sunpyre, who was pulled out of Honey Ginger's Power Purse. Convenient! Like her brother, Sunpyre could also fly and transform solar energy into plasma blasts and had the same Japanese flag outfit with Mardi Gras mask costume.
In 2008, Marvel published another Big Hero 6 that went without Ebon Samurai and Sunpyre, who were replaced by sword-wielding master chef Wasabi No-Ginger and Fredzilla who can, you guessed it, transform himself into a Godzilla-like creature. We'll see what later version of the team Disney and Marvel decides to use, but we have a feeling they won't be able to resist using a character named "Fredzilla."