In 2014, Disney released BIG HERO 6, the latest (at the time) in their string of animated films, but the first based on a Marvel property. The result was a resounding success. Critics and fans alike seemed to really enjoy the characters and heart of the film, and while the film went on to make over $650 million at the worldwide box office, there has been no real talk of a sequel. Admittedly, when it comes to sequels, Disney isn’t really one to follow through–especially in theaters.
They seem content to continue that trend. While BIG HERO 6 will not have a theatrical sequel in the near future, Disney seems to be looking to TV as a way of continuing this brand. According to Collider, Disney XD has announced that it has started production on BIG HERO 6: THE SERIES, which is set to have a worldwide debut sometime in 2017. Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, who are perhaps best known for creating and executive producing the animated series KIM POSSIBLE, are set to executive produce the series, along with Nick Filippi.
So what what exactly will the series be about?:
“Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series picks up immediately following the events in the feature film, and continues the adventures and friendship of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his compassionate, cutting-edge robot Baymax. Alongside Hiro and Baymax on their journey are control freak Wasabi, scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no-nonsense Go Go, who together form the legendary superhero team, Big Hero 6. As the new prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro now faces daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for the high-tech heroes as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.”
There is no word yet on whether or not the core cast would reprise their roles, but if history is any indication, I’d guess probably not. That being said, Disney has managed to surprise, so we can’t say for sure until some official world is given.
Disney Channel Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh had the following to say about the project:
â€œOur colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series â€” full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob â€” and Baymax â€” can deliver.â€
What do you think? Is BIG HERO 6 as a series that’s a good fit for the brand, or would you prefer to see an actual theatrical sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!