If you thought the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting crowded, the TV portion of the House of Ideas is itself getting more bloated by the day it seems. Adding to a TV line-up that already includes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Legion, not to mention over half-a-dozen other series in some form of development, comes word that Freeform (formally ABC Family) is looking to advance it’s own Marvel Universe by adding New Warriors to its schedule. There are a couple of caveats though. One, it’s going to be a comedy, and two, the team’s going to be lead by Squirrel Girl.
Now if you’re a fan of the New Warriors comic, that’s probably not what you were expecting. In original comic, the Warriors are a group of teen heroes banded together to fight crime by the mysterious Night Thrasher; they weren’t the Avengers, but they had aspirations to be the next generation of Avengers. In this new series though, the Warriors will be seen as “the opposite end of the spectrum” from the Avengers, in a comedy featuring six heroes that learn “bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates,” according to Deadline.
In another departure from the New Warriors comic, the series (and the team) will be lead by fan-favourite Squirrel Girl, described by Deadline as “a totally empowering fan girl—tough, optimistic and a natural leader […] she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves.” The head of Marvel TV has added his endorsement to the concept. “Marvel’s New Warriors have always been fan favourites, and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well,” said Jeph Loeb.
New Warriors will be the second Marvel show on Freeform after Cloak and Dagger, which was announced last year and has cast Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph in the title roles. Loeb will executive produce the series alongside Jim Chory (The Punisher, The Defenders), but there’s no word yet on casting, the naming of a showrunner, or when New Warriors will air because this is a straight-to-series deal meaning that they can skip the typical development process.
Other Marvel TV shows currently in development includes Inhumans and Damage Control at ABC, Runaways at Hulu, the X-Men-inspired Gifted over at Fox, and Punisher and The Defenders, which will air on Netflix later this year.
We’ll have more news about New Warriors as it becomes available.