A new live-action TV adaptation of a Marvel comic series has received a straight-to-series order from Freeform. The cable channel announced today that it picked up “Marvel’s New Warriors” with an order for 10 30-minute episodes, due to premiere in 2018.
Freeform noted that the project, based on the comic series featuring young adult heroes, marks Marvel’s first foray into comedy with a TV series.
“‘Marvel’s New Warriors’ is about six young people with powers living and working together,” Freeform says in the announcement. “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. Not quite super, not yet heroes, ‘Marvel’s New Warriors’ is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once — except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.”
The announcement adds: “The series will feature fan-favorite ‘Squirrel Girl’ (Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl — 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 to be announced.”
Freeform also has “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” under way at the network.
“Marvel’s New Warriors” is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”), and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”) are executive producers on the series.