Freeform has given a straight-to-series order to Marvel’s New Warriors, its first live-action comedy, with fan-favorite Squirrel Girl. The 10-episode series, which originally was taken out by Marvel and ABC Studios last summer, is slated to debut in 2018.
New Warriors is about six young people with powers living and working together. Not quite super, not yet heroes and 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. The series is about the entry into adulthood when you feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series features Squirrel Girl (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fangirl — tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel: She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves. Additional cast is to be announced.
“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,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television and executive producer.
New Warriors is Marvel’s second straight-to-series order at Freeform. It joins Cloak and Dagger, a live-action drama starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph.
The new series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Marvel’s Loeb and Jim Chory serve as executive producers.