Over the past few years, there has only been one superhero movie to win an Oscar - 2014's Big Hero 6. This animated adventure stars a team of young superheroes and a lovable robot/healthcare companion named Baymax. As it was made by Disney itself, it really is no surprise that this band of misfits won an Academy Award.
Although this phenomenal film was left with a rather large cliffhanger after the credits, Disney has confirmed that they have no plans to add anything further to the series. The question is why would they do this? The movie was clearly a success, winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film and making well over $200million in the United States alone! Why would they leave it open ended like that? The answer is simple:
Disney wanted to keep the series in our minds for the next couple years.
As most people know, one of Disney's most successful franchises is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But how will they continue when some of the contracts of their biggest stars are about to come to an end. This means that ticket sellers like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth may no longer be the selling points for the series.
Marvel/Disney still plan to carry out the Marvel series after Phase 3, which ends in 2019, but what will they carry it out with after some of their biggest stars leave? Sure, some heroes like Spider-Man and Ant-Man may still be around, but that won't be enough to truly sell Phase 4 to audiences. They will need something bigger to hold it together.
Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe requires 'Big Hero 6' in order to keep its audience's attention
Instead of continuing to scrape at the bottom of the barrel, Marvel may decide to just pull out one of their biggest hits that they already introduced to audiences, just not to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Big Hero 6 is actually a popular Marvel comic series, taking place in the same mainstream universe in the comics as the Avengers themselves! At one point, the Big Hero 6 team actually helped Spider-Man defeat Doctor Octopus, and another time the team took down a band of villains, including Iron Man 2's Whiplash.
It would be amazing to see the characters from Big Hero 6 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the series now known by fans around the world, it would actually be a safe move on Marvel's part, as popular, already known heroes like Iron Man and Spider-Man tend to do better at the box office.
Furthermore, this could also be an opportunity for Marvel to expand its diversity as the Big Hero 6 is a team of Japanese descent. Many people have complained that Marvel is not diverse enough, and this will be another opportunity for Marvel to prove the haters wrong.
Big Hero 6 did not attempt to hide its connection to Marvel during the movie, as it included two different Stan Lee cameos, and even some hidden Marvel references (like mentioning Avengers: Age of Ultron villain Baron Von Strucker).
Furthermore, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has even made references to our beloved animated heroes. During [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035), we see Tony Stark's pile of computer chips for other A.I. like J.A.R.V.I.S. One chip card has the name "Tadashi" on it and is almost completely identical to the chip stored inside Baymax.
But, let's be honest here, the big reason we all want this to happen is for one reason and one reason alone - Baymax!
Baymax had to be the most enjoyable part of Big Hero 6, which is saying something considering that the entire movie was enjoyable! I never thought I would enjoy a character being both clueless and incomprehensibly full of knowledge at the same time, but Disney proved me wrong. Baymax had a strong sense of good, and I'm sure this could really play a large role in the MCU. Perhaps he could take the place of Vision and Thor as the undying source of goodness!
Whether it happens or not, Disney has planted a seed. What happens from here is in the hands of Marvel Studios on whether to water that seed or to let it pass. But, knowing Marvel, they won't pass up an amazing opportunity like this. Big Hero 6 may return to the silver screen in a new light during the next 10 years!