Today, Bob Iger answered questions regarding Disney's recent acquisition of Marvel Entertainment via a conference call. During the call, Iger mentioned some things that would lead me to think that perhaps Pixar may be thinking about creating future Marvel films.
Currently, several studios other than Disney are set to create several more Marvel films. After those films are created, however, Disney has stated that they “want to be sole distributor of these films.”
When asked about Pixar's involvement in these future films, Iger replied that: “We’ve talked about this 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!” Lasseter sounds very excited about the prospect of a Pixar-created Marvel flick.
Disney has also announced that they to “exploit more lesser-known characters.”
Can you actually picture Pixar making a Marvel film? They've always used solely original material for their films, so should they really tinker with a so-far-flawless method of creating original films? Can the creative team of Emeryville work within the restrictions of an existing universe with its laws, characters, and limitations?
I think that they shouldn't mess with a perfected system of filmmaking which has brought us Toy Story, Up, Finding Nemo, and the many other fantastic animated classics.
We will see in the coming months what else Disney plans to do with their new collection of 5,000 characters.