CBTVB: Marvel Developing Nutty ‘New Warriors’ Project for TV
By Muuka Muyumba
Marvel and ABC Studios continue to work hard on various projects for TV, and have sparked up The New Warriors, a comedy series that would act as a a stage to introduce Squirrel Girl into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to TVLine.
The New Warriors made their debut in the comics in The Mighty Thor #411 (December 1989). The team was typically made up of teenage and young adult heroes who would be ‘hero support’ for the Avengers.
The original team of Firestar, Marvel Boy, Namorita, Nova, Night Trasher, and Speedball, were pieced together by editor Tom DeFalco. Considering some of the names of several of the heroes that have been historical parts of the team, Marvel TV is likely steering away from the use of any mutant or X-Men characters. Of the original team, Marvel could probably only use Nova and Night Thrasher in the current state of the MCU.
Squirrel Girl was a creation of Steve Ditko and Will Murray, and made her first appearance in Marvel Spider Heroes Vol. 2, #8 back in 1992. Also known as Doreen Green, Squirrel Girl has a prehensile tail, superhuman strength and agility, and, of course, the ability to communicate with squirrels. She has never been part of the New Warriors in the comics, but has been a part of the Great Lake Avengers, a comedy title that collected some odd-ball heroes together to fight crime in the Midwest. Interestingly, Squirrel Girl was a former nanny to and follow Avenger alongside Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter Danielle Cage. Cage would go on to lead the Avengers as a new Captain America in a comic earlier this year.
So, starting with a foundation of Squirrel Girl as the rumor suggests, Marvel appears to be crafting a young team of live-action heroes across various platforms. Marvel currently has teen heroes Cloak and Dagger at Freeform, and The Runaways at Hulu. There is no word in the story where Squirrel Girl fits into that picture, but note that The Runaways will need various young adult and teen heroes to run into along the way as they evade their parents. So, Marvel could be building a new young-adult universe to run alongside its adult Netflix Defenders series, and the film Avenger series.
Although, Squirrel Girl is probably a D-list character in Marvel comics, she has garnered some famous fans in Oscar-nominee Anna Kendrick, and Stranger Things breakout Shannon Purser who have both openly inquired about the role. Squirrel Girl has also been a character for use in various Marvel animation shows like the 2006 Fantastic Four cartoon, and Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
TVLine does not report any timeline for the development of this project, nor is there any notion of a possible platform for the show though ABC has been looking for another Marvel project for the broadcast channel.