Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors hopes to interest and inspire its audience. Marvel Animation's first animated TV film follows a group of younger heroes: Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Patriot, Quake, America Chavez, Inferno and a few other fan-favorites, like Captain Marvel. During New York Comic Con, CBR chatted with the animated movie's executive producer, Sana Amanat, and cast about what they hope fans take from the playful project.
Amanat thinks kids will enjoy the action sequences, but hope it's the relatable themes that stick with them after the movie ends.
"I think it's so important that we have stories, particularly in pop culture, that are inspiring and positive and challenge the next generation to take in those ideals for themselves," said Amanat. "Like, yeah, you can be cool and kick butt, but can you make sure that you give your friend a second chance?"
According to Amanat, that empathetic core is the beating heart of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.
"Can you make sure you get to know someone that you don't understand," said Amanat. "That's the stuff that we need to start integrating over the kicking of the butts -- which we do really well -- but we also love really well, and that's a really big message for the show."
The voice of Ms. Marvel, Kathreen Khavari, was honored to be part of the animated adventure that highlights the importance of empathy and staying true to yourself.
"It feels really special that I get to help be a part of that team, especially to play Ms. Marvel, and to have these diverse female characters and all these people of color," said Khavari. "And just the friendship between Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, they're so great together and so supportive of one another, but also are super goofy and are able to be themselves."
Milana Vayntrub, the voice of Squirrel Girl, hopes the film will make fans laugh while also teaching them valuable lessons that they'll apply to their everyday lives.
"As much as we want to make content that has a positive impact on the world, I think making people happy while slipping them that little spoonful of sugar with that medicine is a great way to also improve the quality of this planet," said Vayntrub.
"To me, it's a groundbreaking series because the audience it targets and the themes of relatability, inclusivity and empowerment," said Kamil McFadden, the voice of Patriot.