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Marvel is launching Marvel Rising, a new series that will star several Marvel heroes including Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Ghost-Spider (who comic fans will know as Spider-Gwen but this take on the character has “acquired spider powers”), Quake, Patriot, and Inferno. Marvel Rising will consist of animated shorts and a TV movie tie-in comic book series, the first of which features a team-up between Kamala Khan and Doreen Green coming out Aug. 1.
The animated shorts, titled Marvel Rising: Initiation appear to be in a similar vein to Star Wars Forces of Destiny, which largely focus on Star Wars’ female characters across the galaxy. The TV movie, which doesn’t have a release date but is set to premiere in the fall, will see Marvel heroes come together after Ghost-Spider is framed for the death of a friend—first, to take Ghost-Spider down, but eventually to face an even bigger foe. Much of the story—particularly between Kamala and Doreen—will be fueled by female superhero friendships.
Marvel also revealed who’s voicing the main cast. Chloe Bennet is voicing her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character Quake, and Milana Vayntrub, who was cast as Squirrel Girl in New Warriors before it was shelved by Freeform, is on hand to portray the character once again. Other cast members include Dove Cameron as Ghost-Spider, Kathreen Khavari as Ms. Marvel, and Kamil McFadden as Patriot.
Marvel Rising is an effort by Marvel to cater to female fans with an inclusive selection of superheroes, many of whom were introduced or brought back through their own series or—in Quake’s case, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—in the past few years. With the exception of Patriot, all of the characters in Marvel Rising are young women. In the process of creating Marvel Rising, Marvel SVP of animation Cort Lane said he talked to fans to see what they wanted in a show, which included several girls requesting “different body types.”
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“Marvel Rising is a big storytelling celebration of the next generation of Marvel heroes, for the next generation of Marvel fans,” Amanat told Entertainment Weekly. “Over the last few years at Marvel, we’ve seen this huge growth in new types of characters, a younger generation of heroes that has brought in a new cast of Marvel fans. These characters are true to what the Marvel Universe is about, while also being truly reflective of the world outside your window.”
Marvel Rising: Initiation premieres on Disney XD Aug. 13 at 7:30pm.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.