FreeForm is looking to be Marvel’s answer to The CW, having a Cloak & Dagger series in production and a recently announced New Warriors series, which is set to feature fan-favorite heroine Squirrel Girl. No, I’m not making that up. In the comics, Squirrel Girl is a C-list hero who is constantly underestimated by her friends and enemies alike, resulting in her successfully getting the drop on storied badasses like Doctor Doom, MODOK, Deadpool, Wolverine and even Thanos! The New Warriors are teenage, young adult heroes who often serve as a junior counterparts to the Avengers.
Here’s the synopsis for the 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 above image was released by Marvel earlier today, revealing that the lineup in the show will consist of Squirrel Girl, Mister Immortal, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe & Debrii. Along with the image, detailed descriptions for each character were also released, which you can read below:
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)
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.
Of those six, Night Thrasher & Speedball are the only ones who were part of the original lineup in the comics. Microbe was a mutant who was later recruited and trained by Night Thrasher and Debrii was a member of Dwayne’s revised roster. Mister Immortal & Squirrel Girl were never members of the New Warriors, instead serving with the Great Lakes Avengers.
Adaptation distillation aside, it sounds like this series will be firmly set in the MCU, which is already sparking potential crossovers with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans and Cloak & Dagger. With Marvel execs’ history of playing coy about such things, I wouldn’t hold my breath. But this seems like it’s going to be a lot of fun, definitely aimed at the YA crowd.
New Warriors is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.