Marvel Is Making An Animated Movie Full Of Diverse Superheroes
Ms. Marvel! Squirrel Girl! Miss America! We're getting them all.
By Susan Cheng, Keely Flaherty

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors is part of a new, multi-platform animated franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes set to launch in 2018. The program will launch with six, four-minute digital shorts (which will follow Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider). Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere later in 2018.

We have Kathreen Khavari as Ms. Marvel, Cierra Ramirez as America Chavez, Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Chloe Bennet as Quake, Dove Cameron as Spider-Gwe….I mean Ghost-Spider, Tyler Posey as Inferno and Kamil McFadden as Patriot. The heroes will be mentored by Captain Marvel, Tippy Toe and Lockjaw will be animal sidekicks.

While this is awesome news, I need to bring up some cynical things because I’m me.

One: The article calls Kamala Marvel’s first Muslim superhero. She is not - she is first Muslim superhero with her own series. I know, sounds nitpicky but I don’t like when people erase characters like Faiza Hussein, Monet St. Croix or Dust to make Kamala look more important. Guys, she IS already one of the most successful characters of the decade and an amazing character in her own right, you don’t need to bullshit people to hype her more, she is the hype already and you just end up undermining her.

Two: This design for Daisy is bugging me. I mean, first I saw the head and I thought it’s supposed to be Gogo Tomago, then I saw the purple gauntlet and thought it’s Nico Minoru and only when I noticed stuff coming out of the gauntlet something in my head connected that it’s probably Quake.

Three: Whoooo boy, if Eli Bradley fans didn’t hate Rayshaun Lucas already, they sure will if he made it to the movies before Eli. Also, @keeper-of-the-lore , who has found this news, made a good observation that this explains why Shaun is now Sam Wilson’s sidekicks in Falcon, while Jacquin Torress has disappeared - this was probably already in the works.

That being said, holy shit I’m hyped like hell for this!

- Admin

Marvel: Rising Poster by Mingjue Helen Chen


Kathleen Khavari – Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel
Milana Vayntrub – Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl
Dove Cameron – Gwen Stacy/Ghost Spider
Chloe Bennet – Daisy Johnson/Quake
Kamil McFadden – Rayshaun Lucas/Patriot
Tyler Posey – Dante Pertuz/Inferno
Cierra Ramirez – America Chavez
Dee Bradley Baker – Lockjaw/Tippy Toe
Ming-Na Wen – Hala the Accuser
Booboo Stewart – Victor Kohl/Exile
Kim Raver – Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel


A glimpse of hope among the tragedy in Champions #11

This issue was heavy. Like, really heavy. It takes place right after the end of Secret Empire #1, where Las Vegas has been bombed. Champions are desperately trying to find the survivors, but their efforts turn to naught. Amadeus and Nadia, possibly the most idealistic members of the group, are especially desperate to save someone, which is very consistent with how they are written in their own books. In fact, I think this is the closest to Pak’s Amadeus that Waid has ever come to. This is also used to establish new relationships - Miles has to calm down Riri and Rayshaum, who are especially boiling with anger over this, Nadia gets to talk to Viv, to who she’s related in a way (a “my dad built your grandpa” way). The ending does inspire some hope, which I admire, but it’s clear this has shaken the heroes to the core.

Also, it’s an issue very open about calling Hydra fascists and as Patriot says “as white privilege as it gets”. So take that Nick “They’re not Nazis” Spencer.

- Admin


Rayshaun Lucas: I didn’t even know you could put heroes in jail…. 

Sigh….Rayshaun, didn’t you remember that your idol and your favourite superhero Rage had been put in prison and eventually got beaten into a coma? Ughhhh…..seriously, the continuity is a mess when the new writer conveniently forgot that Rayshaun admires the superhero Rage and he used to be one of the rioters before he became the All-New Patriot. Meanwhile, poor Rage is still in a coma and forgotten. 

(Preview of Falcon #3) 

Back to action in Falcon #2.

I like this book for two things. One is the portrayal of Sam Wilson, that is so openly built on the contrast with his utter impotence in his last book. While under Nick Spencer Sam would be constantly stonewalled by things he wouldn’t break because of Spencer’s centrist politics preventing him from writing a hero that disturbs the “peace”. In this book when he is put in the same situation, he almost immediately disregards it to get back to doing what’s right.

The second thing I like is Sam’s relationship with Patriot. It feels built on a strong respect, occasional snarking aside. Rayshaun gets to be pretty cool on this issue - it’s clear he has the heart in the right place, even if he lacks the skill to pull everything as he planned correctly. But what I like is that Sam knows this and he respects him. It’s a good mentor-student relationship and pointing out how it contrasts and differentiates from one Sam had with Steve Rogers when he was getting started himself only helps to make it more realistic.

What I’m torn about is, again, Blackheart. On the one hand, starting with a big villain like this might be a strong move for the series. But it might also be the book’s weakest part - because I feel that for many knowing that riots and gang wars Falcon and Patriot are trying to stop are actually work of a demon with daddy issues might be cheapening the serious topic the book handles. After second issue I’m still not sure how to feel about it myself, but rest of the book makes me optimistic.

- Admin

“I realized we formed this team because we concluded that the older heroes were ignoring the needs of everyday people while they were defending them from catastrophe.Viv

Cover art for Champions Vol. 2 #011

Art by Humberto Ramos and Edgar Delgado

Following their staggering loss in their adventure with the Avengers, the Champions decide to double down on their mission to make the world a better place – but they know now they can’t do it alone! That’s right – it’s time for a membership drive!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

I dunno what they lost, but look who are the candidates to join the team. Falcon, Patriot, Ironheart, Moon-Girl, Wasp, Spider-Gwen and Red Locust. That last one will certainly make Viv happ….wait a second, where’s Viv? Wait, are they….are you saying that…..





- Admin