Just a few days ago, Marvel announced that a new series was in the works, for Freeform. The series is New Warriors and it will be aimed at a younger audience. The story is about a group of teenage superheroes dealing with normal teenage problems as well as their growing powers and responsibilities. So far, the only confirmed character is Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl. New Warriors will also be the first comedy series from Marvel and will be the second series on the network, along with Cloak and Dagger — set to premiere in 2018.
Not much is known yet about New Warriors at this early stage. The show does not even have an official show runner yet, though Kevin Biegel (Scrubs) is close to securing that job. Biegel is also set to executive produce, along with Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
Recently Executive VP of Programing and Development at Freeform Karey Burke spoke to THR about what can be expected from the new series. Including the possibility of future spin-offs:
“Absolutely. The characters they’ve chosen are all really singular and could each carry the show that they’re on. They’re bound together as a band of underdogs for as long as we choose with this show but it’s conceptually tailor-made for spin-offs.”
It sounds as though Marvel knows who will be teaming up with Squirrel Girl, even if they’re not ready to make that information public yet. It’s a little hard to theorize which characters might get their own spinoffs without knowing who is going to be on the show. If Squirrel Girl is the focus of New Warriors, she won’t really need a show of her own, so she’s probably the only character at this time we can assume won’t get a spinoff.
There is also the placement of New Warriors in regards to other Marvel properties. It’s not yet clear whether New Warriors will somehow fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the way the various Netflix series and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. do. Burke was not asked specifically about the series being a part of the MCU. However, when questioned about whether New Warriors and Cloak and Dagger connect to each other, Burke did drop a little bit of a hint:
“It’s a great question. 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.”
New Warriors certainly sounds like something different from the rest of what Marvel has made for film and TV so far. And if it’s as easy to spinoff from as Burke believes it is, this could be the start of a fun new branch of the Marvel Universe.