Big Hero 6 is set in the slightly futuristic, vaguely fantastical city of San Fransokyo. Our hero is Hiro Hamada, an inventor and creator of squashy robot Baymax, who serves as both his sidekick and best pal. But when their home town comes under threat from a strange masked villain, Hiro must team up with a group of like-minded fellow wannabe warriors, who use their technical skills to create battle suits with different abilities. And even then, they might be in over their heads...
Despite the film's Marvel routes, co-director Don Hall is keen to explain that is a very different outing to the Marvel Cinematic Universe we've become familiar with: "When we first started, we didn't know how all this was going to go. But in our first meeting with Marvel, when John picked Big Hero 6, Marvel was super encouraging to not tie it to their mythology at all. It was like, 'Create your own universe, create your own characters, and don't worry about anything else.'
"I love the Marvel Universe and the mythology of the Marvel Universe [but] if I had to be cognizant of all of that stuff during the course of this movie my brain would have exploded. There was enough in this movie with the new team and this world we've created, it was plenty. As much as I love the Marvel Universe, I'm glad that we chose to create our own thing."
With Ryan Potter (Supah Ninjas), Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained), T.J. Miller (Coverfield), Jamie Chung (Sucker Punch), Scott Adsit (We're The Millers), Alan Tudyk (Knocked Up), Genesis Rodriguez (Man On A Ledge), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids), Daniel Henney (The Last Stand), Damon Wayans Jr. (The Other Guys) and James Cromwell (The Artist), Big Hero 6 is out in the US on 7 November with a UK release set for January 30 next year.