Marvel Entertainment today announced a new animated initiative called Marvel Rising that will include a feature-length animated film called Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors along with six digital shorts, featuring the Marvel character known as Spider-Gwen in the comics but who will be renamed “Ghost-Spider.”
The animated feature and series will feature a voice cast that includes Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Tyler Posey, Kim Raver and BooBoo Stewart and more. Bennet will provide the voice for Daisy Johnson aka Quake, a character she originated on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while another star from that show, Ming Na-Wen, will voice the Kree villain Hala.
The series will begin with the Ghost-Spider digital shorts in 2018, followed by the feature film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, all of which are written by Mairghread Scott with Alfred Gimeno acting as supervising director. Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski are executive producing with co-executive producers Stan Lee, Sana Amanat and Marsha Griffin.
It’s interesting that Marvel is starting to bring some of their more recently-introduced characters into other media with so many of the company’s classic characters already appearing in movies and/or television. Captain Marvel, who will be played by Brie Larson in a live action feature film, also appears in the animated film, voiced by Kim Raver from Grey’s Anatomy.
The original Secret Warriors team was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev for their Secret Invasion storyline, but it’s more likely the animated film will feature the more recent team introduced by Marvel Comics last year, which was made up mostly of Inhuman characters including Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel.
No word on who will distribute the Secret Warriors animated feature.
The full list of characters and the talent voicing them can be found below, followed by a teaser video for Marvel’s new animated initiative:
Gwen Stacy aka Ghost-Spider (formerly Spider Gwen) voiced by Dove Cameron (Descendants) – a free spirited teen who found her calling to be a super hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining spider-like powers. As Ghost-Spider, she aids those in need, but has to keep her alter-ego a secret from her father, Captain George Stacy, who sees Ghost-Spider as more of a menace than a hero.
Daisy Johnson aka Quake voiced by Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – a leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whose tendency for rule-breaking gets her into trouble now and then. Daisy befriends the young group of heroes and through them discovers how to become a better leader. She can generate powerful vibrational waves, which produce effects similar to earthquakes.
Dante Pertuz aka Inferno voiced by Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) – a brooding, dark loner on the run. Dante has the power of pyrokinesis, which makes him capable of generating flames – however, he is not fully in control of his fiery abilities. It’s a thin line between good guy and villain for the unpredictable Inferno.
Victor Kohl aka Exile voiced by BooBoo Stewart (Descendants) – a charming, handsome, and troublesome young Inhuman whose quest for superiority places him into the wrong crowd. He can use Darkforce energy to create weapons and portals that allow him to teleport.
Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel voiced by Kathreen Khavari (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) – a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel; she is determined that she too can be a great hero! If only she’d be taken seriously. Kamala is equipped with metamorphic powers that allow her to stretch, enlarge, or shrink her overall size, parts of her body, or alter her physical appearance. She is especially fond of “embiggening” her fists.
Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl voiced by Milana Vayntrub (Marvel’s New Warriors, This Is Us) – the uber-positive, hilarious best friend and teammate of Ms. Marvel. With advanced computer skills, enhanced strength, agility, durability, and senses of a squirrel, Doreen (along with her squirrel partner, Tippy Toe!), is primed and ready to become a successful hero.
America Chavez voiced by Cierra Ramirez (The Fosters) – a strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. America’s powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.
Rayshaun Lucas aka Patriot voiced by Kamil McFadden (K.C. Undercover) – a natural born leader who is quick to leap into action to impress his colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. Rayshaun strives to live up to Captain America’s legacy with integrity, honesty, and order above all. His skills include heightened strength, speed, stamina, and durability.
Gloria “Glory” Grant voiced by Skai JacksFron (Bunk’d) – Gloria, or ‘Glory,’ is Gwen Stacy’s friend and member of their garage band “The Emm-Jays.” Gloria is a smart, hard-working girl that genuinely cares for Gwen, but has felt a distance growing between them ever since their friend, Kevin, was murdered. When being casual, Gloria’s known to be funny, sarcastic and sassy.
Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel voiced by Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy) – a bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honor. She’s the ultimate inspiration for our band of misfit heroes. She is equipped with superhuman strength, can fly at high speeds, and can project intense energy blasts.
Hala voiced by Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) – Hala is a Kree Accuser bent on galactic domination. She’ll go to any length or treacherous means to achieve what she, and the entire Kree race, wants: Power. Hala is cold, cryptic and nefarious, often challenging those who try to oppose her.
Captain George Stacy voiced by Steven Weber (13 Reasons Why) – Chief of the NYPD and Gwen Stacy’s loving, but fiercely protective father. Captain Stacy is a very disciplined, hard-working man that will stop at nothing to obtain justice – who unfortunately sees Ghost-Spider as a menace and a threat to society.
Lockjaw and Tippy Toe are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars Rebels). Two lovable and heroic sidekicks: Lockjaw is Kamala’s trusty, teleporting mutt and Tippy Toe is Doreen’s partner in crime and best squirrel friend.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor