When the idea was announced back in August, New Warriors didn’t have a home. Now it does – Freeform, the artist formerly known as ABC Family – and it’s even been given a full series order. Whether we like it or not, Marvel TV is continuing to expand and take over a larger share of the mainstream television landscape. And you know what? I’m pretty excited for this one.
“Marvel’s New Warriors” is about six young people with powers living and working together. 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 that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once — except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
After the dreariness that has been the Hell’s Kitchen Universe, it’ll be nice to see some Marvel heroes having fun on TV. I wouldn’t be able to tell you if that’s the case with Agents of SHIELD, but I do know that once New Warriors and Cloak & Dagger debut, I’ll be tuning in with giddy excitement. “Family” becoming “Freeform” was bound to bring about more Young Adult content, but I’d be lying if I said I expected it to be teenage Marvel.
We know Doreen Green a.k.a. Squirrel Girl will be the lead of this series, the chirpy, upbeat mutant who’s never actually been part of the New Warriors as far as I know, but given that she can’t exactly be an Avenger or an X-Man here, I guess the label doesn’t really matter. That leads me to wonder if we’ll be seeing any original Warriors – Nova and Namorita are probably no-gos, and Speedball’s only interesting arc (Civil War/Penance) would be disastrous in a comedy – which leaves Firestar, Marvel Boy and Night Thrasher. Then again, who cares about sticking to the comics?
Dagger was once a New Warrior as well, and a crossover doesn’t seem out of the question at some point, but for now the best we can do is speculate. The series wil debut sometime in 2018. Anyone in particular you’re hoping to see?
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“Marvel’s New Warriors” is a new comedic live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes. This marks Marvel’s first foray into comedy for a television series. “Marvel’s New Warriors” is about six young people with powers living and working together. 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 that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates. The network has ordered ten 30-minute episodes slated to debut in 2018.
The New Warriors were created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz when they first appeared in the THOR comic book series in 1989. They proved to be so popular that one year later, they were featured in their own series by Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley. Since then, The New Warriors and their line-up have undergone many changes including the fresh and innovative take by Zeb Wells and Skottie Young on which the television series is based.
“Marvel’s New Warriors” is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”), and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”) serve as executive producers. Kevin Biegel (“Cougar Town”) serves as showrunner and executive producer.
Characters clockwise from top: Zack Smith (Microbe), Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher), Craig Hollis (Mister Immortal), Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl), Deborah Fields (Debrii) and Robbie Baldwin (Speedball).
The following characters will be featured in the series:
Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl) Superpower: “The powers of a squirrel, the powers of a girl” (is 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.
Craig Hollis (Mister Immortal) 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?
Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher) Superpower: None 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.
Robbie Baldwin (Speedball) 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.
Zack Smith (Microbe) 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.
Deborah Fields (Debrii) 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.
Marvel’s New Warriors won’t air on Freeform in 2018 after all, Tracking Board has confirmed.
Because of scheduling issues, the cable network wasn’t able to find a slot for the half-hour sitcom to air next year, prompting Marvel to ask for the distribution rights back to find a different home for Squirrel Girl and the gang.
“We are extremely excited about Marvel’s New Warriors and look forward to finding the perfect partner to launch the series with in 2018,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment, in a statement.
According to THR, who broke the news, one possible landing spot is Disney’s previously announced in-house streaming service, though it seems to be a last resort scenario, as many platforms surely would have interest in picking up the buzzy series. Th streaming service also isn’t scheduled to launch until 2019, unless there are more changes underway.
One fit that seems reasonable is Hulu, which has Marvel’s Runaways, also about a misfit group of young heroes, set to debut in November. Marvel could also send the series to Netflix, though it would tonally be completely different from that network’s Defenders franchise of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Of course, there is always ABC, where Agents of SHIELD is still going and which was joined by Inhumans this season.
New Warriors currently counts Baby Daddy’s Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, This Is Us‘ Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii.
Kevin Biegel is the writer and showrunner.
Freeform will still have Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger set to premiere in January.