One of the newest pieces of the gigantic Marvel Cinematic Universe puzzle may have just found its villain — or at very least, somebody that doesn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with the protagonists of New Warriors.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed today that Keith David (Enlisted) was cast in a recurring role for one of the two MCU properties currently slated to debut on ABC’s young adult-geared Freeform sometime next year.
David is set to play a character named Ernest Vigman, a character that’s original to the show. As THR describes him, Vigman is a “caustic municipal employee who butts up against the hopeful energy” of the show’s protagonists.
Casting an original character is certainly a good move by showrunner Kevin Biegel and company. While the New Warriors do have quite an illustrious run in Marvel comics lore, they don’t necessarily have the biggest rogue’s gallery they can cherry pick outstanding villains from.
One of David’s most recent roles in the superhero genre came just this past year as he served as the voice for the gorilla Solovar on The CW’s The Flash. David has an extensive background in voice acting, appearing in animated shows such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Rick and Morty. In live action, the actor’s most notable role comes as Sgt. Major Donald Cody on Enlisted.
With any original character like Vigman, Biegel is in a position where he isn’t necessarily under the pressure to live up to the expectations of perfecting an existing villain that fans adore. It’s certainly a move that could work to his power with a relatively unknown property like the Squirrel Girl-led New Warriors.
Outside of casting news, very little news has surfaced about New Warriors. Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) is set to portray the fan-favorite Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl while Derek Theler (Babby Daddy) is slated to co-lead in his role as Mr. Immortal. Along with the leading pair, the cast includes Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worth as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe, and Kate Comer as Debrii.
Along with Biegel, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory (The Defenders) are attached to the project as executive producers.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.