Marvel just announced a new animated feature film titled ‘Marvel Heroes: Secret Warriors,’ which will feature the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe and a few up and coming ones! Characters like Ms. Marvel, Miss America, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Spider-Gwen, Inferno, Patriot, Exile, and Captain Marvel will join forces against the villainous Hala, with some help from Tippy Toe and Lockjaw.
‘Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors’ will start as a series of six four-minute digital shorts, with the full film coming to the screen in 2018. Marvel director of content and character development Sana Amanat can’t wait to see how these new stars resonate with young fans. Amanat said:
“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.”
In order to bring these characters to life, Marvel assembled a talented cast including Kathreen Khavari, who will be voicing Ms. Marvel. Khavari spoke recently about what it means to voice the character, saying:
“To have this brown girl who’s a Muslim, who’s a superhero, who doesn’t fall under these stereotypes … [and] 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.”
Marvel powerhouse Miss America will be voiced by Cierra Ramirez, while Milana Vayntrub will portray the lovable Squirrel Girl. Vayntrub is thrilled with her casting, saying:
“[I] feel like a lot women will feel represented and impassioned by this badass young woman who wants to make the world a better place. And it’s not about, ‘Will my crush like me after this?’ There’s more dimension to [Squirrel Girl] than being a babe.”
‘Agents of SHIELD’ star Chloe Bennet will be reprising her role as Quake, while Dove Cameron will voice Ghost-Spider, the pseudo name of Spider-Gwen. The cast will also feature Tyler Posey as Inferno, Kamil McFadden as Patriot, Kim Raver as Captain Marvel, and Booboo Stewart as Exile, alongside sidekicks Tippy Toe and Lockjaw, who will be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker. ‘Agents of SHIELD’ veteran in Ming-Na Wen will play the part of the formidable Hala.
Posey spoke on the girl power aspect of the upcoming film, saying:
“Most of the people on this movie are these really powerful [women] who are still trying to figure out their powers, but they do it in a really cool way, where they’re kind of clumsy at first. But they do it in a really heroic, genuine way, and I think a lot of young girls will take something from that.”
Stewart is equally excited to be a part of the landmark project, saying she feels fortunate to bring these heroes to life:
“To just be a part of this new wave of superheroes and to have women at the forefront of that … I feel like it’s great that young kids are just going to grow up with it.”
You can view a preview of the film in the video below!