Beyond the marketing potential and brand integration of Disney’s acquisition of Marvel, fans have also been eagerly anticipating when Disney’s famed animation house would have the opportunity to take a swing at some of Marvel’s characters. That time has come, and though their first collaboration won’t star any Avengers or Guardians, Big Hero 6 could very well become our new favorite superhero team.
Big Hero 6 is set in the futuristic, fictional city of San Fransokyo, which the film’s directors consider more akin to the fairy tale-esque settings of Frozen or Wreck-It Ralph than anything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, while Big Hero 6 is a Marvel Comics property, this film isn’t intended to be set within the Marvel universe. (So don’t expect an Iron Man cameo, okay?)
Based on the comics series of the same name, Big Hero 6 centers around a young boy, Hiro (voiced by Ryan Potter), and the robot, Baymax (Scott Adsit), who helps him bounce back from a tragic loss. After uncovering a criminal plot led by a madman in a kabuki mask, the pair take it upon themselves to assemble a team of inexperienced crime-fighters – armed with high-end, robotic suits – to take him down.
Still, superheroes and criminal masterminds aside, at its core Big Hero 6 is the story of a boy and his robot, and this latest trailer makes that abundantly clear. Watch it above.
This new trailer features the most new footage from the film yet, but its focus is primarily on Hiro and Baymax. Keeping the attention squarely on the pair – as they work through the death of Hiro’s older brother – will give the film a rich, emotional story line. And really, who does stories that tug at an audiences’ heart better than Disney? (Especially now that Pixar’s John Lasseter heads the company’s animation division).
Big Hero 6 is also a lesser known Marvel property, which will allow Disney to put their own mark on the material. Already the character designs are more similar to what we’ve seen from Disney’s recent string of animated features than anything like their original comic book designs. Plus, with Baymax’s downright adorable design and penchant for hilarious sight gags, the humor of Big Hero 6 looks to be family-friendly but not childish, which will surely please fans of all ages.
What do think of Big Hero 6 so far? Will it be a successful balance of heartwarming moments and big action set pieces? Let us hear what you think of this new trailer in the comments below!
Big Hero 6 opens in U.S. theaters on November 7th, 2014.