Marvel Television is officially making the leap to comedy with New Warriors. The half-hour series received a 10-episode order at Freeform with plans to debut sometime in 2018, Marvel announced on Wednesday.
New Warriors will center on six young superheroes “on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers” who live, work, and save the world together. Marvel confirmed Squirrel Girl (a.k.a. Doreen Green) to be one of the characters, described as “a totally empowering fan girl — tough, optimistic, and a natural leader.” With acrobatic prowess and the ability to talk to squirrels, “her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves.”
Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will executive-produce New Warriors. Additional crew and casting have yet to be announced.
The comic book entertainment giant previously tried to get into superhero television comedy with an adaptation of Damage Control that hasn’t yet come together. In addition to the expanding series around The Defenders on Netflix, Marvel has Cloak & Dagger in development on Freeform, as well as The Runaways on Hulu and an IMAX deal for The Inhumans.
“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 in a statement. “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.”