Marvel Animation's upcoming Marvel Rising series will have a little something for everyone. At Comic-Con International in San Diego, stars Dove Cameron, Chloe Bennet, Milana Vayntrub, Kathreen Kavari and Kamil McFadden sat down with CBR to preview the project and described what sets it apart from everything that has come before it.
"It's a show about a bunch of different people who maybe feel like they don't fit into one place or another from various backgrounds who have come together to genuinely try to make the world a better place," Vayntrub explained. "They're all -- or some more than others -- are battling their personal demons, while making connections with people who they are unlikely friends with."
"It's a predominantly female cast. It's got a female empowerment heartbeat, as I've been saying, because it's not just for young girls. It's for everybody, and everybody can find something to relate to, but it's really beautiful," Cameron added.
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"Females are friends! Females are enemies! Females are foes. Females are figuring each other out. It's everything that you would want in an action-adventure comedy drama amazing series for young people, but just with women, right?" she continued. "So yeah, there's loads of women who rely on each other and who fight each other -- and I think, that's what it should be. It's not about that, but it has that, because it has everything, because it's just a wonderful program."
"And it's also about -- even if you are fighting with each other -- understanding one another, having compassion for one another and really trying to see the other person's point of view," Kavari added.
"It pretty much just reflects real life and real life friendships with women, and that's what's great about it is it doesn't play into it. It's just normal, and so often on TV or in pop culture, things are just not reality. So the great thing about this is it's just real," Bennet shared. "It's just real! Women are friends! Women can not be friends! And then, what Marvel does so well is it's all incorporated through animation and through these characters, so it's all heightened with superpowers and fun action sequences."
Marvel Rising: Initiation will debut on Disney XD August 13. The show stars Dove Cameron as Ghost-Spider, Chloe Bennet as Quake, Tyler Posey as Inferno, Kathreen Kavari as Ms. Marvel, Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Cierra Ramirez as America Chavez, Kamil McFadden as Patriot, Kim Raver as Captain Marvel, and Bradley Baker as Tippy Toe and Lockjaw.