The minds and voices behind Marvel Rising stopped by New York Comic Con to give fans an inside look at Secret Warriors as well as a tease of what's to come in Chasing Ghosts and Heart of Iron. Stars Kathreen Khavari (Ms. Marvel), Milana Vayntrub (Squirrel Girl), Kamil McFadden (Patriot) and Tyler Posey (Inferno) joined Marvel Animation SVP Cort Lane and VP of Content and Character Development Sana Amanat on stage to discuss the project and answer some fan questions.
The panel opened with a clip from Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, which had debuted on Disney Channel and Disney XD just a week prior. In it, Ms. Marvel and Inferno found themselves trapped in a cell on Hala the Accuser's ship. Hala ordered them to kill one another in order to prove themselves superior warriors. Ms. Marvel, however, had other plans. With some quick thinking, she staged a fake fight with Inferno, who knocked out a surveillance drone with his fire powers. Using her polymorph abilities and an unsecured vent, Ms. Marvel was able finagle the door open, allowing them to escape.
"When [Kamala] comes into her powers, I think it's, 'Can I be this hero I've always wanted to be?' I think it is what keeps her going too," Khavari shared. "Kamala does really, really well under pressure... Her self-doubt turns off... That impulse of hers is so great."
"Carol Danvers is... doing everything that Kamala wants to do. She is a virtuous person, and Kamala has those virtues too," she added. "Captain Marvel... gives Kamala permission to be herself." According to Khavari, Carol sends a very specific message to Kamala: "You have your own unique about you that no one else has. Bring that to your table! ... Be you. That's enough."
Another Secret Warriors clip revealed the first time Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel met Inferno. The superhero besties were training in the park when they heard a hot dog vendor cry out about a thief. They instantly leapt into action, with Squirrel Girl literally ripping her sweatsuit off to reveal her costume underneath. They pursued Inferno, who had been marked as the thief. Fortunately for them, he tripped, allowing them time to catch up. "Guy covered in squirrels says 'whaaat,'" Squirrel Girl said, eliciting a "What?" from Inferno. She then sicced her squirrels on him, making him scream.
"I did all those stunts!" Vayntrub joked. "We're all about authenticity here at Marvel."
"I love every time I can reference my nutsack. I think, 'Eat nuts, kick butts!' If you ever accidentally mix it up, it gets really confusing. I try to concentrate when I'm saying it," she said with a laugh.
"It's kind of like Ms. Marvel, where she has so much potential that she's excited to use and bring to fruition," she explained. According to her, Squirrel Girl wants "to make the world a better place. That drives her to pursue justice."