Is 'Big Hero 6' Part Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe? Tony Stark & Hiro Hamada Were Destined To Meet

Big Hero 6 might be popularly known as that Oscar-winning Disney movie from the 2015 Academy Awards, but the majesty of the film was a little overshadowed at the ceremony by the fact that The Lego Movie wasn't nominated for an Oscar. However, now that the pain of that snub has ebbed a bit — and since Big Hero 6 is available on DVD and On Demand — it's time to appreciate the Disney film for what it is: amazing. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, Big Hero 6 is a blockbuster movie based on an obscure Marvel comic and, like Guardians of the Galaxy, it took substantial liberties with the source material. But will they emulate Guardians of the Galaxy by becoming a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? And where would it even fit in?

The answer to that is a big fat no. Big Hero 6 is more of a Disney movie than it is a Marvel movie — so while the film contained subtle references to other films (Frozen being big among them), don't expect Big Hero 6 to be fighting alongside The Avengers any time soon. San Fransokyo is its own contained little world, and Tony Stark is not about to send a grant to Hiro Hamada to help fund his next burst of microtech. We had enough trouble getting Marvel to put Spider-Man and The Avengers in the same movie. Let's not ask for miracles here.

However, just because a crossover between Big Hero 6 and the MCU is unlikely doesn't mean we won't get any Easter Eggs. Marvel loves dropping these into (and after the credits of) every film that they do. For example, in Big Hero 6, Fred had models of Black Talon and Orka in his den — two villains from Marvel comics. I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility for there to come a moment in an upcoming Marvel film where one of their superheroes (or superheroines) are watching Big Hero 6 on a television, wearing a Baymax t-shirt, or even slipping in a subtle reference to the illegal bot fighting that Hiro enjoys so much.

Basically, keep your eyes peeled. Big Hero 6 might fit more into the Disney Cinematic Universe than it does into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Marvel has far too many properties — between The Avengers film franchise, their upcoming films, and even Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — for them not to slip in a reference to the Oscar-winning film. Do you know how rare it is for a superhero film to win an Oscar? Do you? Do you? Then you understand why there's no way Marvel would let such a popular film go without some sly reference sprinkled somewhere. All we have to do is keep our eyes peeled until we find it.

Image: Rebloggy; Disney

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