April 5, 2017


Squirrel Girl Will Lead Marvel's 'New Warriors' TV Comedy, 'Tailor-Made for Spinoffs'

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

Marvel's rapidly expanding TV universe is adding another galaxy with New Warriors, with fan fave Squirrel Girl at its head. The show got a straight-to-series 10-episode order at Freeform, known as ABC Family till last year. The Hollywood Reporter says it's Marvel's first half-hour live-action comedy.

New Warriors will hit sometime in 2018 with writer/producer Kevin Biegel (Scrubs, Cougar Town) handling the script and and playing showrunner. So far they're not spilling the beans on who their other five heroes will be. A press release says they're "young people with powers living and working together." Here's some more:

"With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of the Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world…even if the world isn’t ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, Marvel’s New Warriors is about the entry into adulthood when you feel like you can do everything and nothing at once—except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates."

Karey Burkey, Freeform's executive vice president of programming and development, acknowledged that public Squirrel Girl hopefuls Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser (Stranger Things' Barb) have been discussed for the voice-acting role. "The character is such a calling card," Burkey told THR. "I'm interested to see if name actresses feel right for it."

Asked if New Warriors will tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Burkey said, "There are many degrees of separation with where they fall in the Marvel Universe. But anything is possible with Marvel." She added that the series is "conceptually tailor-made for spinoffs" and that the characters are "all really singular and could each carry the show that they're on."

Last month, Freeform put in a straight-to-series order for Cloak and Dagger. That one's about the "interracial romance between Cloak and Dagger, a.k.a. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from different backgrounds who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love." It's also coming in 2018.

Yesterday it was announced that Netflix's Defenders posse series—bringing together Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fistdebuts on Aug. 18; next will come The Punisher. FX just finished its first season of the X-Men adjacent Legion, and Hulu is filming its first season of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona's Runaways. This fall, The Inhumans will premiere on the also-Disney-owned ABC and, for its premiere, in actual IMAX theaters. While ABC's Agent Carter died after two short season, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is nearing its Season 4 finale.

Next, watch Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso preview the ways the comic-book empire will sync up with its movie and television offerings in 2017: