Its been nine years since Iron Man graced cinema screens. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become an unstoppable juggernaut, giving us a vast array of characters to cheer for, whether they be Gods, super-soldiers, armoured billionaires or even sorcerers. But there’s one type of hero that has largely been neglected – the teen hero.
The next two years look to change that however, as we will not only be treated to the return of Spider-Man in his first ‘MCU’ solo outing, but a host of other new teen heroes, courtesy of Cloak & Dagger and New Warriors.
The first of those two new Marvel TV shows dropped its first trailer today, and while it’s light on super-heroics, it leans pretty heavily into the romance aspect of the show, a focus that further differentiates it from other Marvel outings, beyond its teen heroes:
Furthermore, the character line-up for the upcoming New Warriors series, also expected to air next year, was revealed in the form of a new piece of artwork by comic artist Elizabeth Torque:
Alongside the image, Marvel.com has released short character bios so fans can get a bit more insight into the stars of the upcoming comedy series:
- Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl)
Superpower: “The powers of a squirrel, the powers of a girl” (is acrobatic, strong, can fight, can talk to squirrels)
Doreen is a totally empowered fangirl. She is a natural leader—confident and tough, but not innocent. Doreen is bouncy and energetic and her greatest quality is her optimism… She has faith in others and inspires people to believe in themselves. She also takes her pet squirrel, Tippy Toe, everywhere.
- Craig Hollis (Mister Immortal)
Superpower: Cannot die. Ever. Maybe. So he says.
The team troublemaker and lothario… Craig is kind of like “The Most Interesting Man Alive,” except he’s more cocky than confident and at times, charmingly grumpy. Although Craig’s superpower seems amazing, he hasn’t made use of it at all—he’s lazy and figures if he has all the time in the world to learn how to fight, what’s the rush?
- Dwayne Taylor (Night Thrasher)
Dwayne is a local celebrity “hero” with his very own YouTube channel. Brilliant, strong, noble, and maybe a bit full of himself, Dwayne is a shameless self-promoter and entrepreneur. But he also deeply believes in justice — at least his version of it. Dwayne hides the fact that he comes from a really rich family because he’s afraid he’ll lose his street cred.
- Robbie Baldwin (Speedball)
Superpower: Can launch kinetic balls of energy
Robbie grew up watching Quinjets take off from Avengers Tower and loves the idea of being a hero. He’s an impulsive and immature people-pleaser with a misplaced sense of confidence. Although you would think throwing kinetic balls of energy would be awesome and effective – his are completely out of control.
- Zack Smith (Microbe)
Superpower: Can talk to germs
Zack is a shy hypochondriac whose ability nearly makes him a telepath — the germs tell him where you’ve been, what you ate and who you hung out with. It’s impossible to keep secrets around him. He’s a big sweet guy the team takes under their wing, and they help him find and grow his own confidence.
- Deborah Fields (Debrii)
Superpower: Low level telekinetic; trickster
Deborah is proud, funny and quick witted. Confidently out as a lesbian, Deborah has experienced deep loss in her personal life as a direct result of super “heroics.” She can take care of herself, or at least says she can. She’s the one who calls people on their BS and has no fear of putting her opinions out there.
Cloak and Dagger and New Warriors arrive on TV in 2018.