Big Hero 6 did quite well at the Box Office, more than enough to guarantee a sequel, but in a surprise move, Disney is taking the Marvel animated series to the small screen. Big Hero 6 will become an animated series on Disney XD in 2017, picking up right after the events of the movie in which Hiro and company save the city.
The series picks up immediately following the events in the film. Hiro is the newest prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, and he faces daunting academic challenges …. not to mention the social trials of being the little man on campus. Off campus, the stakes are raised for Big Hero 6 as they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains.
Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley of Kim Possible will executive produce the series along with Nick Filippi. Gary Marsh, Disney Channel Worldwide president had to this to say of the new series:
Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world class animated series — full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob — and Baymax — can deliver.
There’s no word on whether the voice cast from the movie will reprise their roles in the new series yet, but with the ability to record the cast just about anywhere at any time means that schedules can be worked out once the financials are set.
Lastly, this move to television doesn’t preclude a return to the big screen for Big Hero 6 as well. The movie sequel would have jumped some time into the future anyways, this allows the series to fill that gap and develop the characters a bit and introduce some more supporting and villainous characters.