The stars of Marvel’s New Warriors TV show unite for the first cast photo from the set of the upcoming superhero comedy series. Ever since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted on ABC in the fall of 2013, Marvel TV has been expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe on the small screen. With S.H.I.E.L.D. now in its fifth season, six total standalone series on Netflix, Runaways on Hulu, and Cloak & Dagger set to launch on Freeform next year, it’s safe to say Marvel TV has introduced varied programming to the MCU. In addition to these, Marvel TV has another upcoming series, New Warriors, which was originally set up at Freeform but is now looking for a new network or streaming home.
Announced as a half-hour comedy based on the titular Marvel Comics team, New Warriors will also feature fan-favorite comic book character Squirrel Girl. The New Warriors writers room started work this past spring, and the show rounded out its core cast over the summer. There hasn’t been any forward movement reported on New Warriors since it was dropped by Freeform, but a new set photo should offer Marvel fans some hope.
New Warriors star Derek Theler, who’s set to play Craig Hollis/Mister Immortal, posted a snap of himself with his fellow stars on Instagram, marking the first photo of the main cast.
In addition to Theler, the photo features showrunner Kevin Biegel, Matthew Moy (Zach Smith/Microbe), Jeremy Tardy (Dwayne Taylor/Night Thrasher), Milana Vayntrub (Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl), Kate Comer (Deborah Fields/Debrii), and Calum Worthy (Robbie Baldwin/Speedball). Beyond these six stars, the only cast member yet to be announced for New Warriors is Keith David as municipal employee Ernest Vigman.
The official logline for New Warriors indicates the show will follow six young people with powers as they live and work together, but their abilities are said to be on the “opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers.” Although it’s unclear where exactly New Warriors will land, and if its new network or streaming home will call for any kind of overhaul of the series, it seems the show is set firmly within the MCU. Unlike Runaways, which hasn’t yet featured an explicit connection to the MCU, New Warriors‘ mention of The Avengers confirms its ties to the larger universe.
All told, New Warriors may be Marvel TV’s riskiest venture yet. As a half-hour comedy, the show is unlike anything Marvel TV has produced yet. And, considering NBC didn’t find success with Powerless – a half-hour DC Comics comedy – it remains to be seen if New Warriors will be able to find an audience. Of course, Marvel has found success with many of its TV series, but a number of Marvel shows released this year have received middling to poor reviews indicating New Warriors isn’t necessarily a surefire hit. Still, it’s early days yet on the upcoming series. While this first photo of the New Warriors cast doesn’t offer too much insight into what viewers can expect from the show, it does work to get fans hyped for the series. Plus, if the cast of New Warriors were all together recently, it may indicate we’ll get some news about the show soon enough.
Marvel’s New Warriors is expected to premiere in 2018.