Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will unite your favorite Inhuman superheroes (and some familiar voices!) in a brand new way.
Buzzfeed reports that the new franchise will include a diverse and powerful cast of heroes, many of whom hail from Marvel’s live-action universe. Hold on to your hats, because there are a lot of awesome ladies here.
Chloe Bennet of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will provide the voice of Quake. Her co-star Ming-Na will take on the role of the cruel Kree Hala. Dove Cameron, who will also appear on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, will star as Gwen Stacey in her new alter-ego of Ghost-Spider.
(Given legal concerns over the Spidey-verse however, it is unlikely that she will play the same role on S.H.I.E.L.D..)
Also coming from the live-action sector is Milana Vayntraub, who was cast as Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl the now-frozen New Warriors series. Vayntraub will take on the role of Doreen in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, and says that she believes “a lot women will feel represented and impassioned by this badass young woman who wants to make the world a better place.”
Cierra Ramierez will voice America Chavez (Marvel’s first queer Latina hero) and Kathreen Khvari will also return to perform the voice of Kamala Khan (a.k.a., Ms. Marvel). (Kim Raver will voice her predecessor, Carol Danvers.) Khvari originated the role in the Marvel animated series Avengers Assemble.
“To have this brown girl who’s a Muslim, who’s a superhero, who… is just a good, decent human being who wants to bring that out in other people — I feel really fortunate to be able to portray her,” Khvari says.
There are also a few fellas in the mix for Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) will play the brooding Inferno, and Kamil McFadden will voice the young hero Patriot.
Following in the steps of Lucasfilm’s Forces of Destiny shorts, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will kick off in 2018 with six digital shorts that will serve as an introduction to the characters and their world. A full-length film will follow later next year.
“Marvel characters are so relatable because they live in our world and face the same challenges we do,” says Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation, Cort Lane. “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.”
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-favorite 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.”