Following the world premiere screening of the latest chapter in the Marvel Rising franchise, Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron, Marvel announced three new Marvel Rising animated specials coming later this year to Marvel HQ: Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands, Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri, and Marvel Rising: Playing With Fire. Meanwhile, Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron goes live on the Marvel HQ YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4PM PT. In conjunction with the premiere of Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron, select voice talent from the special, including Kathreen Khavari, Kamil McFadden, Cort Lane, and more, will be live-chatting with fans on the Marvel HQ YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4:00PM PT.
Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron introduces Riri Williams a.k.a. Ironheart to the Marvel Rising universe, voiced by Sofia Wylie (Andi Mack). In this 44-minute special, we find Riri Williams adjusting to college life and feeling socially isolated because she is younger than the other students. After Hala the Accuser destroys the school’s engineering lab and kidnaps Riri’s best friend, Riri finds inspiration in her hero Iron Man and hatches a plan to defeat Hala and save the day. Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron premieres on Wednesday, April 3rd at 4PM PT on Marvel HQ.
Here’s a look at Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron, followed by more on the upcoming animated specials:
Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron stars Sofia Wylie as Riri Williams a.k.a. Ironheart, and features Ming-Na Wen as Hala, Kim Raver as Captain Marvel, Dove Cameron as Ghost-Spider, Tyler Posey as Inferno, Chloe Bennet as Quake, Cierra Ramirez as America Chavez, Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Kathreen Khavari as Ms. Marvel, Kamil McFadden as Patriot, Dee Bradley Baker as Lockjaw/Tippy-Toe, Mick Wingert as Iron Man, and Melanie Minichino as A.M.I.
Now, here’s a short teaser for the three new animated specials, followed by their synopses:
Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands spotlights Dove Cameron (“Descendants 3”) as Ghost-Spider in a 22-minute animated special. On the day of Gwen’s “Battle of the Bands” competition, mysterious attacks force her and the Secret Warriors to investigate. Can they save the city and get Gwen to the concert on time?
Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri will introduce the fan-favorite character Shuri, voiced by Daisy Lightfoot (“Marvel Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest”) to the Marvel Rising universe in a 22-minute animated special. The lives of the Secret Warriors are turned upside down when faced with their latest mission: hang out with Shuri, the Crown Princess of Wakanda, and show her what it’s like to be an ordinary teenager. But nothing’s ordinary when you’re dealing with one of the smartest and most famous people on the planet.
Marvel Rising: Playing With Fire will star Tyler Posey (“Teen Wolf”) as Inferno. In this 44-minute special, Inferno’s powers are stolen by a young and powerful villain and it’s up to the Secret Warriors to defeat their new foe and help their friend. But does Inferno even WANT his powers back? Meanwhile, America Chavez, voiced by Cierra Ramirez (“Good Trouble”), learns a lesson about friendship and family from teammate Ms. Marvel.
Marvel Rising is executive produced by Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, and Eric Radomski; co-executive produced by Sana Amanat, and Marsha Griffin. Alfred Gimeno served as supervising animation director. Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron was written by Margaret Dunlap. Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands and Marvel Rising: Operation Shuri were written by Mae Catt. Marvel Rising: Playing With Fire was written by Danielle Wolff.