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No Marvel Movies For Pixar

Disney’s $4-billion purchase of Marvel in 2009 almost immediately sparked speculation that Pixar Animation might develop lesser-known comic properties like Ant-Man, Power Pack and even Doctor Strange.

When the deal was announced, Disney CEO Robert Iger conceded that possibility had been discussed. “Pixar boss John Lasseter talked to the Marvel guys about this and they all got excited about it,” he said in a conference call. “We think there’s ultimately some exciting product that come of that. Sparks will fly!”

But fast-forward two and a half years, and it appears any thought of an on-screen collaboration between Pixar and Marvel has been rejected.

“I’m chief creative officer of Disney Animation as well, and with Pixar it’s like, ‘Keep doing what you’re doing, guys,'” Lasseter tells “It’s a filmmaker-driven studio. All of the ideas come from the filmmakers themselves. Working with the filmmakers on ideas.”

When pressed at to whether there’s any possibility of that kind of team-up between the corporate siblings, Lasseter replies: “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.”


  • Mike

    I have no problem with this. Why should Pixar be forced into making a movie based on a Marvel property? Pixar and Disney have had a much longer relationship and they haven’t made any movies based on any of the Disney characters. Plus, Pixar makes 1 movie a year and most are in development for a few years. Marvel has only been part of the company for less than a year and half. Pixar’s schedule is probably set for the next 4-5 years. Maybe someone will come up with an idea for a Marvel movie down the road, but let it happen naturally.

  • Coryjameson

    They haven’t moved forward with The Incredibles sequel in any way shape or form. And now they’ve rejected this collaboration?! WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THOSE “PEOPLE”?!

  • Shia

    No Marvel movies for Pixar…yet…

  • brianobx

    Hopefully they will create an Animated Marvel Studios division with the same quality as Pixar.

  • MadMikeyD

    Agreed. Pixar has not made a bad film. Why mess with that success by having them work on something that belongs to somebody else. It could potentially have far worse reprecussions than good ones. Let Pixar do what they do. Marvel is doing pretty good with their own stuff right now anyway.

  • Joseph

    I agree I wouldn’t want a Marvel property “forced” on Pixar; for my part the hope was more that Pixar would find a Marvel property that they would be inspired to do something with.

  • Spaaaceee!

    Pixar has done superheroes.
    what they need is a space epic with Rocket Raccoon and Groot!

  • Clem Nickel

    That would be cool, but considering the difficulty Disney have had in porting the Pixar magic dust over to Disney proper, I wouldn’t be holding my breath…

  • Clem Nickel

    If they take on a Marvel property, they’ll be subject to the editorial decisions/decrees of Marvel Studios, who themselves are known to run a pretty tight ship. Given the success of their own ‘in-house’ approach, I can understand their reticence in taking on a licensed property…

  • demoncat_4

    darn would love to see what Pixar could do with power pack or doctor strange including animated. versions but if John feels that is not in the cards for pixar then marvel fans will have to dream of what will never be from Disney having them .

  • stealthwise

    Sounds as though they won’t move forward unless they come up with a “must” idea for a sequel. Hard to come up with something original for superheroes.

  • prigmutton

    The day the partnership was announced, my immediate thought was that Pet Avengers + Pixar could equal magic.

  • Shaun

    Does this mean that maybe, just MAYBE, we’ll get The Incredibles 2 someday? I’ll take that over any Marvel project Pixar would ever do. After all, The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four story ever written.

  • Jacob

    I think that would end up being too adult for Pixar, who always does family films.

  • Dawnell_do

    Pixar needs to think outside the box and do some adult films.

  • Jacob

    Billion dollar gross on Toy Story 3? No they don’t. ^_^ This is what they excel at. If they have an idea for an adult movie, sure. Follow their normal creative process, and if they arrive at an adult movie, then I could see them doing one. Otherwise, just ship the project over to Touchstone.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I would love to see Pixar do Marvel, the reason for their string of successes is that they try to be as original as possible every time. They only do sequels because Disney makes them. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t, say, do animated shows on the side, but their movies should be saved for their next out-of-nowhere idea. Besides Marvel do their own cartoons already.

    (Of course, cameos (like Totoro’s in TS3) should never be out of the question either. ;) )

  • Jacob

    Disney doesn’t make Pixar do anything. John Lasseter, EP of Pixar when Steve Jobs bought it, is current CCO of Disney Animation. That means he makes all the creative decisions, which includes sequels. They only do sequels if they have a good idea for one, and their two existing sequels are proof positive that they weren’t just cash grabs.