VIDEO: Disney Confirms Plan to Tap Marvel's Japanese Heroes for Its First Animated Feature Adaptation

CG-animated "Big Hero 6" hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014

Since Disney bought Marvel Comics in 2009, observers wondered how long it would take for The Mouse to make an animated movie out of someone like The Hulk. Last summer, Entertainment Weekly reported that Disney was looking at little known Japanese X-Men spin-off Big Hero 6 for the project, and now Disney has posted a sample with the notice "watch footage featuring San Fransokyo, the setting for Disney's Big Hero 6, the action comedy adventure coming to theaters November 2014."


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From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Big Hero 6," an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action and all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, the CG-animated "Big Hero 6" hits theaters in 3D on November 7, 2014.


EW listed the comic's Big Hero 6 team members:


Sunfire — who can harness the power of solar energy to blast his enemies.

Silver Samurai — a sword-swinging warrior with a history of tangling with Wolverine.

Hiro — A 13-year-old boy genius.

Honey Lemon — who can draw practically any object she needs from a mystical purse that’s a portal to another dimension.

Baymax — A giant robot created by Hiro who can shapeshift into a dragon form.

Go-Go Tomago — a woman in a high-tech, voice-controlled suit, who can propel herself through the air in an egg-shaped ball of energy.


Sunfire, introduced in 1970s Uncanny X-Men #64, was briefly an X-Man and then long time supporting cast member. His team was introduced in the pages of Canadian super team comic Alpha Flight before getting their own 1998 mini-series, which got a follow-up in 2008.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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