Earlier this month, Freeform gave a straight-to-series order to New Warriors, a new TV show based on the Marvel Comics title of the same name, which focuses on a team that is basically a junior varsity version of the Avengers. Squirrel Girl was announced as the main character, but the rest of the team had yet to be revealed. That changed today.
Marvel released the entire roster of six young heroes who will be on the team with this image:
Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green (pictured front)
Superpower: Acrobatic, strong, can fight, can talk to squirrels
Doreen is a totally empowered fangirl. She is a natural leader — confident and tough, but not innocent. Doreen is bouncy and energetic and her greatest quality is her optimism… She has faith in others and inspires people to believe in themselves. She also takes her pet squirrel, Tippy Toe, everywhere.
Mister Immortal, aka Craig Hollis (pictured middle right)
Superpower: Cannot die. Ever. Maybe. So he says.
The team troublemaker and lothario… Craig is kind of like “The Most Interesting Man Alive,” except he’s more cocky than confident and at times, charmingly grumpy. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all — he’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?
Night Thrasher, aka Dwayne Taylor (pictured back right)
Dwayne is a local celebrity “hero” with his very own YouTube channel. Brilliant, strong, noble, and maybe a bit full of himself, Dwayne is a shameless self-promoter and entrepreneur. But he also deeply believes in justice — at least his version of it. Dwayne hides the fact that he comes from a really rich family because he’s afraid he’ll lose his street cred.
Speedball, aka Robbie Baldwin (pictured back left)
Superpower: Can launch kinetic balls of energy
Robbie grew up watching Quinjets take off from Avengers Tower and loves the idea of being a hero. He’s an impulsive and immature people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence. Although you would think throwing kinetic balls of energy would be awesome and effective – his are completely out of control.
Microbe, aka Zack Smith (pictured in the back)
Superpower: Can talk to germs
Zack is a shy hypochondriac whose ability nearly makes him a telepath — the germs tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him. He’s a big sweet guy the team takes under their wing, and they help him find and grow his own confidence.
Debrii, aka Deborah Fields
Superpower: Low level telekinetic; trickster
Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super “heroics.” She can take care of herself, or at least says she can. She’s the one who calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.
As someone who is only vaguely familiar with the New Warriors, I’ll leave it to the hardcore comic book fans to discern the differences there might be between Freeform’s TV version of these heroes and the characters as they’re portrayed in the comics. As for who will be playing them, that’s something we’ll have to wait to find out.
Since this is a younger group of heroes, and New Warriors will be Marvel’s first comedy series, this will be unlike any other Marvel project that’s come before. Hopefully it will be of higher quality than the rest of the shows that are on Freeform’s programming line-up.
Kevin Biegel, the creator of Cougar Town and the underrated comedy series Enlisted, will write the New Warriors script and serve as showrunner on the comedy. The series is also co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios while Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (both of The Punisher and The Defenders) will serve as executive producers on the series.
New Warriors has a 10-episode first season ordered is expected to hit Freeform sometime in 2018.
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