Sound Off: Do You Want to See Pixar Make Marvel Movies?
by Alex Billington
August 31, 2009
Being a Pixar fanboy myself, I keep getting into discussions today about Pixar's involvement in the big Disney-Marvel acquisition. Not only is the relationship between Disney and Pixar being referenced as an example of the kind of relationship that Marvel has with the Mouse House (as in, they still remain in creative control over their own company). But, of course, everyone is bringing up the possibility of seeing Pixar make Marvel movies. In fact, John Lasseter, who now works specifically at Disney (and not Pixar) supposedly met with Marvel last week and was jumping up and down and got "pretty excited, pretty fast."
I say no. Every last movie that Pixar has made so far, all 10 of them, have been completely original ideas. Their current line-up between now and 2013 includes two more original stories (Newt, The Bear and the Bow) and three sequels to their earlier original stories (Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters Inc 2). I really don't think they're all of a sudden going to start adapting comic books. Especially because Marvel won't let them make movies off of an A-list characters (I doubt we'll ever see a Spider-Man Pixar movie) and I think Pixar would rather just come up with their own original stories than just adapt B or C-list characters instead.
However, on the flipside, here are some ideas that I think could work for Pixar. First off, I've got to state the obvious - I could see them including some Marvel characters in an Incredibles sequel when/if that ever gets made (many years from now). Why not? Additionally, there seems to be some industry buzz (read here) about Ant-Man becoming a potential Pixar property. He is pretty much an A-list character and he's part of The Avengers, so again, why not? But if Marvel Studios, under the direction of Kevin Feige, wants to eventually include him in a live-action Avengers movie, I don't know if he'll end up in a Pixar movie first?
One thing is certain, for those who remain skeptical about the acquisition - Marvel will still remain in control. During the conference call this morning, Bob Iger used a "if it ain't broke" phrasing to reference that they're not going to mess with the way Marvel works nowadays. But, of course, when asked about Pixar, apparently "sparks will fly." Other sites have considered the possibility of Pixar adapting Marvel material - SlashFilm questions their readers; CHUD presents a list of 10 Marvel properties Pixar should adapt. It's a fun list, but I just can't see Pixar adapting any of those. It just seems way too far-fetched for that studio.
Getting back to the question at hand - would anyone even want to see Pixar make Marvel movies? It seems like too much of a pipe dream to hope that we'll see Pixar make a Spider-Man or Iron Man or Avengers or Hulk movie. That just won't happen. Maybe some crossovers with The Incredibles, maybe an Ant-Man movie, but even with those, I'd rather have Pixar remain true to their original stories and original ideas. Maybe I'm just too much of a Pixar fanboy to let them get watered down. Or maybe everyone is just making too much of this acquisition news. Either way, it's worth discussing, so have at it! What do you think?