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After an off-handed tease from Brendan McCarthy, the biggest topic in comics movie-land right now is that Pixar may be working on a Dr. Strange movie with Marvel.

One look at McCarthy's work on "Dr. Strange" or the art of the character's co-creator Steve Ditko shows exactly why Pixar is the best company to bring the franchise to the silver screen. McCarthy's comments got us thinking about what other Marvel comics deserve to be animated by Pixar. We narrowed it down to five series -- mainstream and otherwise -- that would shine in a Pixar feature.

After an off-handed tease from Brendan McCarthy, the biggest topic in comics movie-land right now is that Pixar may be working on a Dr. Strange movie with Marvel.

One look at McCarthy's work on "Dr. Strange" or the art of the character's co-creator Steve Ditko shows exactly why Pixar is the best company to bring the franchise to the silver screen. McCarthy's comments got us thinking about what other Marvel comics deserve to be animated by Pixar. We narrowed it down to five series -- mainstream and otherwise -- that would shine in a Pixar feature.


'The Silver Surfer'

'Wall-E' proved that Pixar knows how to render outer space. But Wall-E's trip through the heavens was too short, and it made us wonder what the studio would do over an entire movie. Enter the Silver Surfer, Marvel's foremost cosmic character. While surfing isn't as big of a cultural touchstone as it once was, and that last 'Fantastic Four' film was pretty terrible, an animated feature starring the servant of Galactus could result in the most wondrous Marvel movie yet. Since his role as herald of Galactus requires him to find planets for his boss to devour, the Surfer himself is constantly trying to figure out the difference between right and wrong -- which could lead to a tidy moral at the end of the movie.


'X-Men: X-Babies'

While the X-Men have had several movies at this point, some more successful than the others, we haven't gotten into the really, really weird section of the mythos. The X-Babies are perhaps the weirdest part of the mutant band's history, with ties to reality TV, cheap merchandising, and alternate universes. They began life as a critique of cheap tricks to increase popularity, but in a shocking turn of events, they proved to be pretty popular on their own. An 'X-Babies' movie would let Pixar put the funny side of the X-Men on display. An adult Wolverine meeting up with his toddler twin, or Jean Grey being forced to contend with a terrible two-year-old with world destroying power, is the kind of thing that makes for an amusing geekfest.


'Patsy Walker'

While Patsy Walker's code name and past aren't necessarily Pixar-appropriate (she's known as Hellcat and once married Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan), the recent take on the character masterminded by Kathryn Immonen is Pixar-perfect. Patsy is talkative, clever, and has entirely too much fun beating up supervillains. Patsy has the potential to be the most fun superhero movie since 'Iron Man,' and it could introduce a Bugs Bunny-ish flair into the deadly serious Marvel movies.


'Power Pack'

Everyone knows that kids like seeing other kids do fun things, right? 'Power Pack' stars Marvel's strongest child characters. It's a group of four siblings -- Alex, Julie, Jack, and Katie -- who are gifted with powers thanks to a race of space aliens. The powers lend themselves to Pixar's cartoony action very well. Alex can control gravity, Julie is super fast and has a rainbow energy trail, Jack can control density, and Katie can shoot energy blasts. Power Pack have kept their powers secret from their parents, but have still managed to go on a ton of exciting adventures, save the world, and even make friends with Franklin Richards, son of Reed and Sue Richards from the Fantastic Four.



'Lila Cheney & Cat's Laughing'
Remember 'Josie and the Pussycats'? Lila Cheney and her band, Cat's Laughing, would give Pixar a chance to dip their toe into a classic, Disney-esque musical. Of course, the twist is that Lila doesn't just tour small nightclubs and practice in her garage. No, Lila operates on an intergalactic scale, since she has the power to teleport over vast distances. She and her band travel around the galaxy, or galaxies, rocking out and having adventures (not unlike the short-lived Saturday morning cartoon 'Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space'). She has run into space pirates, dated a member of the X-Men, rescued alien empresses, and faced off against rude fans. Imagine Pixar doing a movie with an almost entirely alien cast and an awesome soundtrack.