Talk has been stirring of a rift between Marvel Comics and Disney Animation over the latter’s upcoming “Big Hero 6” animated film which is loosely based on the Marvel comics title of the same name. As previously reported, Marvel has no plans to reprint any of the comic’s past adventures or re-introduce the characters into its pages.
At the same time, Disney Animation chief John Lasseter confirmed the other day that the film is essentially an all Disney production with Marvel having little to no input. Now, Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso has now confirmed to CBR that “there are no plans” for re-introducing any of the Big Hero 6 characters, adding:
“The characters and stories that have appeared in our comics are very different from what they are in the film. Releasing material that would be viewed as movie tie-in product would be a disservice to filmgoers. We wanted the Disney folks to be able to create their own unique style and story, unencumbered by those older stories.”
It’s a dismissal, but one that rings of disinterest rather than animosity which has been rumored regarding Marvel Comics actively downplaying “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” promotional tie-in titles this year because those properties belong to rival studios.