Through a press release, Marvel has announced today that they’re developing a brand-new, multi-platform, animated franchise surrounding the next generation of Marvel heroes, set to launch somewhere around 2018.
The franchise will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts with the spotlight on Spider-Gwen in order to introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising, and later in the year, we will have a feature-length animated film, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will bring together Marvel’s newest and beloved characters such as Ms Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno, as they join forces when a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe. Together this unlikely, but formidable team of aspiring teenage heroes have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name.
In the press release Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation & Family Entertainment said what’s so relatable and makes Marvel Rising so attractive.
“Marvel characters are so relatable because they live in our world and face the same challenges we do. So I’m very excited that our Marvel Rising team of heroes is so inclusive, reflecting characters with different backgrounds, particularly a set of strong female leads that our young audience can connect with.”
On her part, Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content & Character Development, added:
“This project is unlike anything we’ve done before—from featuring the rising and fan-favourite stars of the Marvel Universe to a visually distinct animation style, this is a groundbreaking animated event. It’s an action-packed adventure, full of comedy, heart and powerful messages for every kind of Marvel fan.”
This diverse group of superheroes features an all-star line-up of voice talent such as:
Kathreen Khavari (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Big Little Lies) will voice Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel, who is determined to show that she too can be a great hero. Kamala has metamorphic powers that allow her to stretch, enlarge, or shrink her overall size, parts of her body, or alter her physical appearance. She is especially fond of “embiggening” her fists.
Cierra Ramirez (The Fosters, The Secret Life of an America Teenager) will voice America Chávez -Marvel’s first Latino LGBT character- a strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. Her powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.
Milana Vayntrub (Marvel’s New Warriors, This Is Us) will voice Doreen Green a.k.a. Squirrel Girl, the uber-positive, hilarious best friend and teammate of Ms. Marvel. With advanced computer skills, enhanced strength, agility, durability, and senses of a squirrel, Doreen (along with her squirrel partner, Tippy Toe!), is primed and ready to become a successful hero.
Dove Cameron (Descendants, Hairspray Live) will voice Gwen Stacy a.k.a Ghost-Spider -formerly Spider Gwen- a free-spirited teen who found her calling to be a super hero after being bitten by a radioactive spider and gaining spider-like powers. As Ghost-Spider, she aids those in need but has to keep her alter-ego a secret from her father, Captain George Stacy, who sees Ghost-Spider as more of a menace than a hero.
Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Lincoln Heights) will voice Dante Pertuz a.k.a. Inferno, a brooding, dark loner on the run. Dante has the power of pyrokinesis, which makes him capable of generating flames – however, he is not fully in control of his fiery abilities.
Chloe Bennet (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) will voice Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake, a leading agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. whose tendency for rule-breaking gets her into trouble now and then. Daisy befriends the young group of heroes and through them discovers how to become a better leader. She can generate powerful vibrational waves, which produce effects similar to earthquakes.
Kamil McFadden (K.C. Undercover, Grown Ups 2) will voice Rayshaun Lucas a.k.a. Patriot, a natural born leader who is quick to leap into action to impress his colleagues at S.H.I.E.L.D. Rayshaun strives to live up to Captain America’s legacy with integrity, honesty, and order above all. His skills include heightened strength, speed, stamina, and durability.
Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy, 24) will voice Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, a bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honour. She’s the ultimate inspiration for our band of misfit heroes. She is equipped with superhuman strength, can fly at high speeds, and can project intense energy blasts.
BooBoo Stewart (Descendants, The Twilight Saga) will voice Victor Kohl a.k.a. Exile, a charming, handsome, and troublesome young Inhuman whose quest for superiority places him into the wrong crowd. He can use Darkforce energy to create weapons and portals that allow him to teleport.
Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gravity Falls”) will voice Lockjaw and Tippy Toe, two lovable and heroic sidekicks: Lockjaw is Kamala’s trusty, teleporting mutt and Tippy Toe is Doreen’s partner in crime and best squirrel friend.
Ming-Na Wen (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mulan) will voice the villain Hala, a Kree Accuser bent on galactic domination. She’ll go to any length or treacherous means to achieve what she, and the entire Kree race, wants: Power. Hala is cold, cryptic and nefarious, often challenging those who try to oppose her.
In the promotional video, Sana Amanat talked about the importance of having a show like Marvel Rising on our televisions:
“This feature [film] is an evolution of all of the great characters that people have come to love. It came out of a desire to be able to tell stories about characters that we think are the next great heroes of the Marvel Universe.
I think it’s incredibly important that we tell young women and young girls that they have this incredible power within themselves, and that they have heroes out there [who] … they can look up to, especially in these times.”
Here’s a video showing the actors during the behind the scenes of this amazing team up:
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Executive Produced by Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive produced by Stan Lee, Sana Amanat, and Marsha Griffin, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, film and shorts, were written by Mairghread Scott with Alfred Gimeno as supervising director.