The DCEU on the CW might have a bit of competition on their hands, as Marvel continues to make inroads on bringing some of their properties to the small screen. With a Cloak and Dagger and The Runaways TV series on the horizon, Marvel is dipping back into their well for another superhero TV series. Per The Hollywood Reporter:
Marvel is expanding its relationship with Freeform and getting into the comedy space.
In a competitive situation with other cable and streaming outlets bidding, the younger-skewing Disney-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for New Warriors, the comic book powerhouse’s first 30-minute live-action comedy. Cougar Town and Scrubs alum Kevin Biegel is near a deal to pen the script and serve as showrunner on the comedy.
The 10-episode comedy will launch in 2018 and marks Marvel’s second straight-to-series order at Freeform. It will join drama Cloak and Dagger at the Tom Ascheim-led cable network. The latter, starring Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, is not expected to premiere until winter 2018. Casting will begin shortly.
New Warriors revolves around six young people with powers living and working together. 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. With Freeform focused on a group dubbed “becomers” — those experiencing a series of firsts in life, including first loves and first jobs — New Warriors explores the journey into adulthood, except in this world, they’re not quite super and not yet heroes and the guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
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.
New Warriors as a comedy? Maybe? Is this a terrible idea? More than likely, yes. Look, I know that Marvel has this wholesome image that they showcase every now and then, but superhero stories can be pretty serious fare. But if Marvel wants to make that sweet, sweet vacation home money, they have to appeal to every demographic. Even if it means rejecting the overall tone of the original source material.