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The Internet just about exploded when Disney bought Marvel. Nerdy blogs and forums were quickly filled with thoughts about Disney and Pixar working with Marvel characters. Pixar demonstrated an affection for Marvel-style heroes with The Incredibles, which with a tweak here and a tweak there could easily have been a Fantastic Four story, early statements by Disney execs suggested that a team-up was not out of the realm of possibilities.

All those hopes were dashed the other day by John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation says it’s not going to happen.

Speaking with IGN, John Lasseter laid the Pixar game plan:

Disney has been great. Bob Iger is phenomenal. I’m Chief Creative Officer of Disney Animation as well, and with Pixar it’s like, “Keep doing what you’re doing, guys.” It’s a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas.

IGN: So there probably wouldn’t be any kind of chance of seeing that kind of team-up then?

No, not at Pixar. We have The Incredibles, so we’ve done superheroes here ourselves and so we have that kind of history with Brad Bird doing The Incredibles.

Despite what Disney head Bob Iger suggested just after the buyout that team ups would be a possibility very early on when he said,

We’ve talked about [a Marvel/Pixar team-up] internally. Pixar boss John Lasseter talked to the Marvel guys about this and they all got excited about it. We think there’s ultimately some exciting product that come of that. Sparks will fly!

What changed? No one at Marvel or Disney is talking other than the statement from Lasseter. Both companies already have a full movie schedule for the next couple of years anyways. With so much already in the pipeline, this position does seem the safest course. Why change something that works.
What Marvel characters or story would you like Pixar to take a crack at? I would love to see a Dr. Strange story.

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