Marvel announce New Warriors TV series with Squirrel Girl coming to Freeform

The show will join Cloak & Dagger on the Disney-owned channel

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Wednesday 05 April 2017 15:14

Following on from Marvel’s various movies, Netflix series, and TV shows, the comic book giants have announced yet another property will be adapted to screens.

Teaming up with Freeform, Marvel Television will release New Warriors, the studio's very first live-action comedy that will centre on six young people with powers.

Only one hero has been announced so far: Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green), a “tough, optimistic and a natural leader” who is acrobatic and can talk to squirrels.

Marvel’s Head of Television, and the show’s executive producer, Jeph Loeb said of the show: “’Marvel’s New Warriors’ have always been fan favourites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favourites as well.”

New Warriors marks Marvel Television’s second show with Freeform, the first being Cloak & Dagger which centres on the two titular character as they struggle with being adolescent superheroes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cougar Town’s Kevin Biegel has almost penned a deal with Marvel to write the script and serve as showrunner.

Karey Burke, executive VP of programming at Freeform told the publication of possible crossovers with Cloak & Dagger: “If you know these two properties, they're not particularly connected. There are many degrees of separation with where they fall in the Marvel universe.

“But anything is possible with Marvel. Their tones are so wildly different. Cloak is this angst-filled achingly beautiful heartfelt romantic drama. And Squirrel Girl is a balls-out comedy.”

Marvel’s New Warriors will reach Freeform in 2018, the cable channel - which is owned by the Disney-ABC Television Group - having ordered 10 episodes at 30-minutes each.

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Meanwhile, Marvel recently announced the release date of The Defenders, their Avengers-style team-up that will see Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones work together to defeat Sigourney Weaver’s unnamed villain.

Other TV shows Marvel currently has on the go include the upcoming Inhumans IMAX/ABC series, The Punisher, Agents of SHIELD, and Hulu’s The Runaways. Oh, and Legion counts as Marvel but isn’t part of the MCU due to ties with Fox. Come on, keep up.

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