Freeform has ordered 10 episodes of New Warriors from Marvel that will air in 2018. It’s a comedy, and it features Squirrel Girl.
For those of you who are thinking, “What the hell is Freeform?” you probably know it as ABC Family, The Family Channel, or CBN Satellite Service. Today, Freeform focuses on teenagers and young adults, which is why New Warriors seems like a perfect fit for the network.
The New Warriors is a Marvel Comics superhero team, traditionally consisting of teenage and young adult heroes. They often are seen to serve as a junior counterpart to The Avengers in much the same way that the New Mutants/X-Force did with the X-Men. They first appeared in The Mighty Thor #411 (December 1989).
The series will feature Marvel fan-favorite “Squirrel Girl” (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl who is described as 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 said to be her faith in people and ability to teach them to believe in themselves.
This is the second series that Freeform has taken directly to series. Cloak and Dagger is scheduled to launch in winter 2018. There is no exact launch date for New Warriors, but if Cloak and Dagger is a short season as well, the two could follow one another.
For those keeping track of the small screen Marvel Universe:
- Jessica Jones
- Luke Cage
- Iron Fist
- Defenders (in production)
- The Punisher (in production)
- Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
- Inhumans (in production)
- Agent Carter (no longer in production)
- Runaways (in production)
- Cloak and Dagger
- New Warriors
That is a lot of Marvel on the small screen. The one thing that sets it apart from what is going on at The CW is that it doesn’t appear (right now) that any of the above shows are connected to one another, or the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The only exception is Agents of SHIELD.