With so much comic news and trailers coming out these past few weeks, it’s difficult to keep on top of it all. Today Buzzfeed reported that in 2018, the next generation of Marvel heroes are getting their own movie!
The Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors film is part of a new animated franchise launching in 2018 with six, four-minute shorts. It has an incredible voice cast and features some of the latest fan favorite superheroes.
Kathreen Khavari (Big Little Lies) voices Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel, the Pakistani Muslim inspired by Captain Marvel. Captain Marvel herself is voiced by none other than Kim Raver (Grey’s Anatomy.)
(This is pretty cool considering her namesake Teddy Altman in the show is the same name as another Marvel superhero, Hulking. Allan Heinberg who created Hulking also served as a writer and producer for the show.)
Cierra Ramirez (The Fosters) will portray America Chavez, Marvel’s first lesbian Latina superhero. Milana Vayntrub (to be in Marvel’s New Warriors) is Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl and Agents of SHIELD Chloe Benet is voicing Quake.
Two Descendants alum are also in the film. Dove Cameron is Gwen Stacy aka Spider-Gwen. Maybe a hint at her role in Agents of SHIELD? Booboo Stewart is Exile, a troublesome but charming Inhuman.
Tyler Posey (most recently on Jane the Virgin) is Inferno, and Kamil McFadden (Rise of the Guardian) is Patriot, the two remaining male leads. Dee Bradley Baker (most recently on Star Wars: The Force Awakens) will voice both Tippy Toe and Lockjaw.
Finally, a third Agents of SHIELD alumnus, Ming-Na Wen portrays the villain Hala.
I am incredibly excited not only at the cast picked for this film and new franchise but at the truly refreshing diversity within. While the Marvel and DC movies are getting better at having superheroes of all backgrounds as leads, there’s still a ways to go.
Additionally, as both Stewart and Posey point out, women are at the forefront of the franchise. Even better is Marvel’s Director of Content and Character Development, Sana Amanat’s, statement.
“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.”
The rest of the cast speaks for itself with only one white guy in sight (and he’s voicing the animal side-kicks). Young boys of color will also have something to look forward to in this new franchise, and I cannot wait to see the film when it releases.