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John Lasseter Open to Pixar Collaborating With Marvel; ‘Monsters University’ Teaser Coming Next Week

Written by on June 15, 2012 

In a nearly three-year period since Marvel was put under the all-powerful Disney umbrella, it’s been many a fan’s pipe dream to see the comics giant finally step into animation with, of course, Pixar. Yet even if you took these hopes and, through your own means, somehow construed them into a real possibility, you’d have to accept that such a development would need to wait. For some time.

We might not be much closer to that geek-centric collaboration going through, but Pixar head John Lasseter… wouldn’t mind seeing it happen. (I said this would take some bigger circumstances.) When interviewed by Collider, he responded to the oft-fielded question like so:

“Well, I can’t say anything about that because Marvel just got—[they’ve] been a couple years as part of the Disney company, we’ve been six years as part of the Disney company.  And at Pixar, we stay focused on making original films.  Even our sequels are kind of created internally and we come up with ideas [on our own].  I’m also leading the Walt Disney Animation Studio and all of that.  These studios are filmmaker driven studios, so if a filmmaker comes to me and says, ‘Hey, I wanna do this,’ then I would be really open to it.”

It’d be enough of a stopgap if Pixar didn’t take so long to complete a project — this is the company that’s already announced a project hitting in 2015, by the way — but, as shown right above, someone needs to actually approach them with a good plan. Does anybody with the proper means even have an idea? Who knows. I bet we wouldn’t hear about it for at least two or three years, anyway.

But if you like to talk about Pixar in the sense of “this will actually come out,” fret not. One of their employees, Chris Chua, let a little cat out the bag when he tweeted that, with the release of Brave next week, we’ll get our first teaser for their Monsters Inc. prequel, Monsters University.

Director Dan Scanlon (Cars short Mater and the Ghostlight) is handling the project, which tells of how Mike and Sully met and bonded at Monsters University years before the first film; John Goodman, Billy Crystal, and Steve Buscemi are, thankfully, returning. While that slim bit is really kind of all we know in the meantime, a quick smattering of footage should unveil just a bit more for those with enough curiosity. Having actually seen Brave, though? I’d suggest you wait for that preview to go up online.

Monsters University will open on June 21st, 2013.

Would a teaming of Pixar and Marvel get you into fits of excitement? Will you check out the Monsters University teaser?

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