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First Look at Marvel’s New Animation Franchise “Marvel Rising”
Set to launch in 2018, Marvel announced the next generation of heroes in a new animation franchise. Marvel Rising will be a multi-platform show starting with six, four minute digital shorts featuring Spider-Gwen. Only this time, she will be using the name “Ghost-Spider.” These shorts introduce the world of Marvel Rising before a feature length movie, Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, will premier later that year.
They also announced the star studded cast too! Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. lead up the roster. Bennet will reprise her role as Daisy Johnson AKA Quake, only playing a younger version of the character. Wen will take up the mantle of Hala, a Kree Accuser who looks to be the villain of the show. The rest of the cast includes Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Dove Cameron (Descendants), BooBoo Stewart (Descendants), Kathreen Khavari (Big Little Lies), Milana Vayntrub (This is Us), Cierra Ramirez (The Fosters), Kamil McFadden (K.C. Undercover), Skai Jackson (Jessie), Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy), Steven Weber (13 Reasons Why), and Dee Bradley Baker (Star Wars: The Clone Wars/Rebels).
Check out the first trailer:
I am over the moon excited to see Ms. Marvel in the lineup. I totally fell in love with Kamala Khan ever since she made her debut award winning first run. The nerdy girl turned superhero resonated with so many people from all over the world. Not only did she become an icon for Muslims in comic book media, she also represented pretty much anyone who overcame being bullied. She rose above it all being one of the most real life and relatable characters that Marvel introduced in the last decade.
I also have a soft spot for Squirrel Girl thanks to Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s run in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Patriot and America Chavez are two loves of mine from Young Avengers. I hope we can get Hulkling and Wiccan in the future. Also with the Captain Marvel movie in the works, I’m not surprised to see Carol Danvers in the lineup either.
Graphic Policy has a great breakdown of all of the characters:
Gwen Stacy aka Ghost-Spider (formerly Spider Gwen) voiced by Dove Cameron (“Descendants,” “Hairspray Live”) – 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.
Daisy Johnson aka Quake voiced by Chloe Bennet (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Nashville”) – 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.
Dante Pertuz aka Inferno voiced by Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf,” “Lincoln Heights”) – 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. It’s a thin line between good guy and villain for the unpredictable Inferno.
Victor Kohl aka Exile voiced by BooBoo Stewart (“Descendants,” “The Twilight Saga”) – 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.
Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel voiced by Kathreen Khavari (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Big Little Lies”) – a devoted fan of Super Heroes, especially of her mentor Captain Marvel; she is determined that she too can be a great hero! If only she’d be taken seriously. Kamala is equipped with 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.
Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl voiced by Milana Vayntrub (“Marvel’s New Warriors,” “This Is Us”) – 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.
America Chavez voiced by Cierra Ramirez (“The Fosters,” “The Secret Life of an America Teenager”) – A strong, independent young hero whose painful past drives her to reject leadership and remain a loner. America’s powers include superhuman strength, speed, and durability, plus the ability to fly.
Rayshaun Lucas aka Patriot voiced by Kamil McFadden (“K.C. Undercover,” “Grown Ups 2”) – 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.
Gloria “Glory” Grant voiced by Skai Jackson (“Bunk’d,” “Jessie”) – Gloria, or ‘Glory,’ is Gwen Stacy’s friend and member of their garage band “The Emm-Jays.” Gloria is a smart, hard-working girl that genuinely cares for Gwen, but has felt a distance growing between them ever since their friend, Kevin, was murdered. When being casual, Gloria’s known to be funny, sarcastic and sassy.
Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel voiced by Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “24”) – A bold leader who doesn’t sugar-coat and is guided by a strong sense of duty and honor. 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.
Hala voiced by Ming-Na Wen (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Mulan”) – Hala is 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.
Captain George Stacy voiced by Steven Weber (“13 Reasons Why,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) – Chief of the NYPD and Gwen Stacy’s loving, but fiercely protective father. Captain Stacy is a very disciplined, hard-working man that will stop at nothing to obtain justice – who unfortunately sees Ghost-Spider as a menace and a threat to society.
Lockjaw and Tippy Toe are voiced by Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars Rebels,” “Gravity Falls”). 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.
Here’s a look at the poster too!
Keep an eye out for Marvel Rising coming in 2018! Let us know in the comments what you think!