Meet Squirrel Girl’s team of teenage superheroes. On Wednesday, Marvel revealed the five characters rounding out the main roster of the 10-episode New Warriors on Freeform, in addition to confirming Kevin Biegel (Cougar Town) as showrunner.
Squirrel Girl (a.k.a. Doreen Green) was the first addition when the series order was announced earlier this month. Blessed with acrobatic prowess and the ability to communicate with squirrels, Doreen is described as a “totally empowering fan girl” who teaches people to believe in themselves.
And, yes, she’ll be bringing along her squirrel sidekick Tippy Toe with the jump to television.
We now also know the other New Warriors will be Craig Hollis (a.k.a. Mister Immortal), Dwayne Taylor (ak.a. Night Thrasher), Robbie Baldwin (a.k.a. Speedball), Zack Smith (a.k.a. Microbe), and Deborah Fields (a.k.a. Debrii).
With the ability to never die (or “so he says”), Craig is an even more cocky version of The Most Interesting Man Alive, though he hasn’t used his superpower much at all. According to Marvel, “He’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?”
Dwayne is similarly full of himself, though the YouTube personality doesn’t retain any powers of his own. Described as “brilliant, strong,” and “noble,” he believes in his own version of justice while trying to hide his rich family to maintain his street cred.
Robbie, “an impulsive and immature people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence,” wants to become a superhero. However, his ability to launch kinetic balls of energy is a bit chaotic. Then there’s hypochondriac Zack, with the ability to talk to germs. It’s hard to keep secrets from him since the germs inform him where people have been, what they were doing, who they were with, and even what they ate. “He’s a big sweet guy the team takes under their wing, and they help him find and grow his own confidence,” according to Marvel’s description.
The final member of the crew is Deborah, a trickster and low-level telekinetic. An out and proud lesbian, she “calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.” Though, she “experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super ‘heroics.'”
Casting for these roles has not been announced, though Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory will executive produce for Marvel.
New Warriors, scheduled for a 2018 premiere on Freeform, will follow these young superhumans as they try to work together and make a difference in the world, while also making the transition into adulthood.