It’s been nearly a decade since the Marvel Cinematic Universe launched on the big screen with Iron Man and by now you might think that Marvel would be starting to run out of significant characters to adapt. But if anything, they’ve only proven that they can turn even the most obscure characters into household names (Guardians of the Galaxy anyone?). As Marvel continues to expand into television the true depth of their catalogue is slowly starting to come into view. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting an Inhumans spin-off mini-series, and Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist all have had their own shows on Netflix leading up to The Defenders team-up. Now this week they have announced that a New Warriors TV show is in the works and will feature fan-favourite character Squirrel Girl. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
According to THR, Marvel’s New Warriors TV show has received a straight-to-series order from Freeform, a Disney-owned cable channel aimed at teenagers and young adults. The New Warriors are a team of young superheroes (members have included Firestar, Marvel Boy, Nova, Speedball and Scarlet Spider) who live and work together as they learn how to deal with their powers. Squirrel Girl has also been added to the show although she hasn’t typically been a part of the team in the comics. Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town, Scrubs) is in the process of closing a deal to act as writer and showrunner.
This will be Marvel’s first time attempting a comedy series and it will feature 30-minute episodes with a first season that consists of 10 episodes. New Warriors joins a growing list of teen-oriented shows that Marvel has in development including Cloak & Dagger, which is also set up at Freeform (both are expected to launch in 2018). They also have a Runaways TV series in the works at Hulu courtesy of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (Gossip Girl). Are you interested in any of these upcoming shows? How do you feel about Marvel’s move into TV thus far?