Continuing their trend of focusing on stories about “becomers” — teens and young adults experiencing their firsts in life — Freeform has handed their second straight-to-series order to a Marvel show, this time for the half-hour live-action comedy NEW WARRIORS. Nearing a deal to pen the script and step up as showrunner for the series is Kevin Biegel of Cougar Town and Scrubs fame.
Not unlike Marvel’s Young Avengers or New Mutants, the New Warriors is a superhero team of younger heroes who, just like their older counterparts like the Avengers, want to help save the world, but also have to deal with growing up and becoming heroes in their own right all the while.
One of the biggest announcements with this new series is the addition of the optimistic Squirrel Girl aka Doreen Green, who was never part of the team’s lineup in the comics. However, given the character’s recent rise to fame, it’s a smart move from Marvel Television and ABC Signature. While her powers may seem odd at first — talking and fighting with squirrels, being incredibly acrobatic — her sunny disposition and charm has won plenty of people over, including actors like Anna Kendrick and Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser whose names, according to Biegel, have come up in casting conversations.
The series, which will be executive produced by Biegel, Jim Chory, and Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb, joins the network’s other Marvel series Cloak and Dagger starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. Both series are expected to debut on the network in 2018.
The addition of New Warriors continues to up Marvel’s presence on the small screen. Beyond Cloak and Dagger, the company also has an epic Inhumans series in the works at ABC to join Agents of SHIELD, as well as their Netflix lineup consisting of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher. Not to mention FX’s Legion, the untitled X-Men pilot in the works at Fox, and Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of Runaways.
Biegel has always worked on The Real O’Neals and South Park. He’s represented by UTA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.