The next generation of Marvel heroes is here and it’s after your children! Mostly, the young teens and tweens, but they need a break from technology, anyway.
The debut of Marvel Rising: Initiation is premiering, with back to back episodes, on August 13th on Disney XD and we have our watches synchronized.
This new animated show is geared towards a younger female audience; my daughter is nearly 8-years-old so she’s almost the ideal demographic. The fact that her mom and her dad are both geeky superhero fans only helps her cause and the show’s viewing numbers.
The Marvel Rising franchise will include animated shorts, a TV movie, and comic book tie-ins and features a very diverse collection of Marvel superheroes. A few of them are newly-introduced heroes, others have been rebooted in the last few years. The roster includes Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Squirrel Girl, Ghost-Spider (a.k.a. Spider-Gwen), Quake, America Chavez, Patriot, and Inferno.
The Marvel Rising Franchise
Beginning in August, Marvel will launch a series of animated short films called Marvel Rising: Initiation. These shorts build up to an animated film called Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, that will premiere on Disney Channel in the fall.
The story centers on teenage superhero Ghost-Spider/Spider-Gwen, now on the run from the law after being framed for her friend’s murder. Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, and Patriot are tasked with bringing her in, but instead finding themselves teaming with each other to fight something unexpected.
The cast includes Dove Cameron (Ghost-Spider), Chloe Bennet (reprising her role as Quake from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Milana Vayntrub (Squirrel Girl), Kathreen Khavari (Ms. Marvel), and Kamil McFadden (Patriot).
“Marvel Rising is a celebration of timelessness. As our stories pass from one generation to the next, so does the love for our heroes. From the classic to the newly imagined, the passion for all of them is the same… they remind us that no matter what you look like, you have the capability to be powerful.”
– Sana Amanat, VP, Content & Character Development
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The group of superheroes are much more diverse than we’re used to seeing, as well, which could have another positive impact on the young girls that are watching.
The friendship between Kamala Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green) also plays a major part in the animated Marvel Rising stories and in tie-in comics like the forthcoming Marvel Rising: Ms. Marvel & Squirrel Girl hitting stores on Aug. 1.
Also, we’re just waiting for the toys to collect.