Now, with the huge success of Big Hero 6 - both critically and at the box office - it may seem difficult to believe that there's any way we won't be seeing a sequel sometime soon. However, according to the movie's co-director, Chris Williams, that may not actually be the case:
"No sequel will ever get made unless the directors want one and feel strongly that there is a story that needs to be told...If it’s not a great story, it won’t be a great movie. The crew deserves a great story. And we have expectations from the audience, who grew up with Disney animation. They deserve a great story too."
Which is, apparently, part of a new approach at Disney, one focused on "elevating storytelling and putting filmmakers in the center of the process" - meaning they'll only be making sequels if the creative team can come up with an idea worthy of making one.
So, Does That Mean We WON'T See Big Hero 7, Then?
Thankfully, probably not.
After all, the film's other co-director, Don Hall, had this to say back in November 2014, while speaking to creativescreenwriting.com:
"We’ll see. We just finished this one, and the truth is, we’re exhausted from the ordeal of making it... We haven’t talked about or thought about any sequels or anything like that. Having said that, of course, we love these characters, and the thought of working with them again some day definitely has its appeal."
Which very much seems to suggest we will, someday, see the Big Hero 6 gang return to our screens - with the added bonus of it not being rushed out just to meet demand. In the greater scheme of things, it's probably much better to wait a little longer for a sequel, and to have it actually be great, than get it quickly, only to see it feel hurried.
My Big Question, Though? Will It Actually Be Big Hero 7?
Or, rather, will we see a new member join the team, allowing the movie to use the obvious title for its sequel? And, if so, who could we see join the team?
Well, the original 'Big Hero 6' comics offer a few options - meaning that there's certainly scope for a new hero to be introduced - but, sadly, the majority of them come with a pretty fundamental problem attached: Marvel and Disney don't have the rights to them.
So, for instance, we're unlikely to see The Silver Samurai...
Since his rights are seemingly still with Fox (and especially since he has already appeared as a villain in The Wolverine)...
And, similarly, the odds of us seeing Sunfire, the Marvel comic-book universe's most famous Japanese superhero - and founding member of Big Hero 6 in the comics - are pretty slim...
He was, after all, first introduced in an X-Men comic (Uncanny X-Men #64, true believers!) meaning his rights are most likely still with Fox.
There are, though, two past members of 'Big Hero 6' who we could, just possibly, see in a sequel.
The dynamic duo?
Ebon Samurai and Sunpyre
Now, you'll notice that their names are strikingly similar to Silver Samurai and Sunfire's - and there's a reason for that: they both acted as immediate replacements for the pair after they left the team. The only problem with them appearing? There's a decent chance that their rights are with Fox too - and even if not, they'd be a tough fit for the far lighter tone of the Big Hero 6 movies.