Marvel is expanding on its relationship with Freeform.
The Disney-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for New Warriors, the comic book powerhouse's first 30-minute live-action comedy. Scrubs alum Kevin Biegel is nearing a deal to pen the script and serve as showrunner on the new series. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will executive produce alongside Biegel.
The 10-episode comedy will launch in 2018, and marks Marvel's second straight-to-series order on Freeform after the drama series Cloak And Dagger.
New Warriors revolves around 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. With Freeform focused on a group dubbed "becomers" — those experiencing a series of firsts in life, including first loves and first jobs — New Warriors explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they're not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series will feature Marvel fan-favorite Squirrel Girl as a totally empowering fan girl who is described as tough, optimistic and a natural leader. The character, who goes by the name of Doreen Green, s confident and has the powers of a squirrel: she's acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is said to be her faith in people and ability to teach them to believe in themselves.
"Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well," Loeb said. "After the amazing experience we've had with Freeform on Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger we can't think of a better place for our young heroes."
New Warriors continues to expand Marvel's TV footprint. Aside from the ABC series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., the comic book company also has The Inhumans set to debut on the same network this coming fall. Over on Netflix, Marvel also has an impressive slate of shows including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, as well as upcoming shows The Defenders and The Punisher. The X-Men series has also been getting some love on the small screen with Legion and an upcoming project from Matt Nix. The Runaways are also set to make their television debut in the near future.
Are you excited for New Warriors to hit the small screen?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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