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Marvel Reveal 'Marvel Rising' Animated Feature and Shorts

Marvel have announced a major new animation brand for 2018. Marvel Rising is designed to showcase "the next generation of Marvel Heroes, for the next generation of Marvel fans". It will focus on a range of newer diverse heroes that have been finding popularity recently. Characters such as Ghost Spider (aka Spider Gwen), Ms Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Inferno, America Chavez and Patriot. 

These heroes come from a much wider variety of backgrounds than those we see in the main Marvel Cinematic and TV Universe, and this is represented in the voice cast which includes Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen,  Dove Cameron, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, and Cierra Ramirez. 

The project will launch with six four-minute digital shorts in early 2018 (focussed on Spider Gwen/Ghost Spider), with a full animated movie called Marvel Rising; Secret Warriors planned for later in the year. The pitch for the film:

When a threat no one could have expected bears down on the Marvel Universe, this ragtag, untrained band of teens have no choice but to rise together and prove to the world that sometimes the difference between a “hero” and “misfit” is just in the name.

At this time it's not clear what the release platform will be (we'd assume the shorts will be available via YouTube at the very least). It's too early for the upcoming Disney Netflix rival (due in 2019)- although this may be a clue of what sort of original content it may offer when it does finally launch.

While the AFA readership (and staff) may not be the target demographic for this new franchise, we think it looks very promising indeed.  Check out the video below for more.