It’s been talked about for a while, but it is now official. Marvel Studios has put out an order for a straight to television series based upon the New Warriors comic book characters. The series will air on Freeform, a channel owned by Disney incidentally, and will be a 30 minute live action comedy type of show. The first season will run for a total of ten episodes. It will launch some time in 2018.
Aimed at a younger demographic than some of the other Marvel shows, New Warriors will follow a group of young teens as they deal with growing up at the same time they have to deal with their powers. The show will also feature the immensely popular character Squirrel Girl.
The showrunner and writer will be Kevin Biegel. He will be joined by Marvel TV executive Jim Chory and Jeph Loeb, billed as EP’s alongside Biegel. In a statement, the Freeform Executive Vice President of Programming, Karey Burke, stated;
“Freeform’s mission is to deliver incredible content to young adults and Marvel Television seamlessly aligns with that mission — we couldn’t be more proud to collaborate with them on Marvel’s New Warriors,”
This will be Freeform’s second Marvel Comics based television show. The other, and first one to get greenlit, is Cloak and Dagger which will star both Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt. We reported on that show back in January, you can read about it at this link here:
Kevin Burke spoke with THR about the show. A few notable quote from the interview are as follows;
“The Avengers wouldn’t work here but the about-to-be-Avengers works here.”
“These shows feel like the belong together. We are a network for young adults but we’re proud we’re No. 1 with young women and we want to find characters who speak to them. There’s a reason we chased Squirrel Girl: she embodies all of that.”
“Yes, still winter 2018 for Cloak and Dagger. “
About the characters to appear he said; “You’ll have to wait and see. We know who they are but I’m not at liberty to say.”