The changes in Marvel Entertainment’s creative direction continue to reverberate.
EW reports the February 15th episodes of Disney XD’s Big Hero 6: The Series will be the series’ last. The program has not been picked up for a fourth season. Continuing the adventures of Hiro (Ryan Potter), Baymax (Scott Adsit) and the rest of the team, it aimed for a younger demographic and proved to be a fairly successful addition to Marvel’s animated line-up.
Of course, change comes to all things from the House of Ideas as creative control over all Marvel Entertainment products was handed to Marvel Studios in 2019. And, as it happens, the studio announced plans for Baymax: The Series during the Disney Investor Day presentation in late 2020. The cards were not in favor of Big Hero 6 continuing in its current form alongside the Baymax series. Such is the way of Marvel as its television output becomes the concern of Marvel Studios.
As a refresher, the studio operates independent of Marvel Entertainment as a division of the Walt Disney Studio. Marvel Entertainment, meanwhile, is a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company and acts, essentially, as a separate entity from the Walt Disney Studio despite Disney’s top level handing creative duties to Marvel Studios. Such are the vagaries of corporate structures. For viewers on the ground, it means all of Marvel’s existing animated portfolio is on the chopping block as Marvel Studios evaluates what it wants to do. Its first original animated program, What If…?, is due to premiere later this year on Disney+.