The line-up for Marvel's next superhero team has been revealed.
Last month it was confirmed that a New Warriors TV show had been picked up to series, with ten half-hour episodes ordered by Freeform, sister network of ABC.
Then, however, the only confirmed member was Squirrel Girl, a bit of a joke character who is incredibly overpowered and has been subject to rumours of a movie appearance for a while now. She's still leading the team, but now we know just who'll be joining her:
Mister Immortal, Speedball, Microbe, Night Thrasher, and Debrii. Marvel have also revealed the breakdown for each character, which is as follows:
Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl)
Superpower: “The powers of a squirrel, the powers of a girl” (is acrobatic, strong, can fight, can talk to squirrels)
Doreen is a totally empowered fangirl. She is a natural leader—confident and tough, but not innocent. Doreen is bouncy and energetic and her greatest quality is her optimism… She has faith in others and inspires people to believe in themselves. She also takes her pet squirrel, Tippy Toe, everywhere.
Craig Hollis (Mister Immortal)
Superpower: Cannot die. Ever. Maybe. So he says.
The team troublemaker and lothario… Craig is kind of like “The Most Interesting Man Alive,” except he’s more cocky than confident and at times, charmingly grumpy. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all—he’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?
Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher)
Dwayne is a local celebrity “hero” with his very own YouTube channel. Brilliant, strong, noble, and maybe a bit full of himself, Dwayne is a shameless self-promoter and entrepreneur. But he also deeply believes in justice — at least his version of it. Dwayne hides the fact that he comes from a really rich family because he’s afraid he’ll lose his street cred.
Robbie Baldwin (Speedball)
Superpower: Can launch kinetic balls of energy
Robbie grew up watching Quinjets take off from Avengers Tower and loves the idea of being a hero. He’s an impulsive and immature people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence. Although you would think throwing kinetic balls of energy would be awesome and effective – his are completely out of control.
Zack Smith (Microbe)
Superpower: Can talk to germs
Zack is a shy hypochondriac whose ability nearly makes him a telepath — the germs tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him. He’s a big sweet guy the team takes under their wing, and they help him find and grow his own confidence.
Deborah Fields (Debrii)
Superpower: Low level telekinetic; trickster
Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super “heroics.” She can take care of herself, or at least says she can. She’s the one who calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.
As powers go, it ain't exactly the Avengers, though that's rather the point. It's about entering adulthood, and feeling like you can do everything and nothing. It could be quite fun to see, especially with the show billed as a comedy series. Unfortunately though they've missed the chance to do their big comics story, which is the reality TV aspect and accident that leads into Civil War.
There's also some specially created comic artwork to go with the announcement, which you can check out below. New Warriors is expected to arrive on Freeform in 2018, probably following on from Cloak & Dagger.