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"Don't care if the world ain't ready for me!"

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors is a 2018 animated television film based (loosely) on the superhero team of the same name. It is the third entry in the cross-platform Marvel Rising franchise, following the 2018 comic and Marvel Rising: Initiation. The movie premiered as a simulcast on September 30, 2018, airing on both Disney Channel and Disney XD.

While Kamala Khan is ruminating on her abilities as a superhero and her identity as an Inhuman, she and Squirrel Girl find themselves learning about a recent rise in both Inhuman crimes and disappearances. With S.H.I.E.L.D. rebuffing their offer to help investigate, the duo and a few other heroes set out on their own to figure out why so many of these youth are appearing to go rogue before vanishing. In the process, Kamala begins to piece together that they may be facing a problem that threatens the whole world.

Secret Warriors is followed by a 22-minute sequel, Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts, which revisits Ghost-Spider's plot from Initiation.

The movie was uploaded to the Marvel HQ YouTube channel on December 12, 2018, while Chasing Ghosts premiered on January 16, 2019 also on Marvel HQ.

Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Distillation: This version of the Secret Warriors seems to resemble the 2017 relaunch more closely than its original run (with Quake, Ms. Marvel, and Inferno as members), but it still seems to lack the main unifying factors of both — S.H.I.E.L.D. for the former, and Inhuman lineage for the latter, though Inhumans do exist in this version of the Marvel universe. Most of the members on the team aren't affiliated with either, or the Secret Warriors legacy itself.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Neither the comic version of Quake nor the version Chloe Bennet plays in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have had dyed hair, but here she's got dyed purple tips.
    • Live-action Daisy gets purple highlights in season six of AoS (probably to make her look more like her Rising counterpart).
  • Adaptation Origin Connection: Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl are best friends, while they aren't that well acquainted in the comics.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change:
    • Inferno's power seems to be more akin to the Human Torch's, as a more general fire manipulation power. He also seems to be able to fly like The Human Torch, too, something that Dante in the comics is pointedly unable to do. In fact, comic-Inferno's flame powers come more from being a Magma Man with Playing with Fire capabilities and a Healing Factor than simply just being able to control and light himself on fire, something that was adapted more faithfully in Avengers Assemble than seems to be the case here.
    • The Exile never had the Mandarin's ring in this continuity, so his teleportation and darkforce powers of generating constructs are all his own.
  • Adapted Out:
    • Karnak, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur are not members of the Secret Warriors in this film — the latter duo in particular is getting their own animated series, which is possibly the reason why they're not included here.
    • Ms. Marvel's father and brother are completely absent, even from the image Hala shows her of her family as a threat.
  • Advertised Extra: Generally downplayed, but still quite noticeable. Inferno doesn't appear at all in the Initiation short-series; of the characters who are part of the short-series, Patriot gets the least amount of focus. This is only in the Initiation shorts, though; Inferno shows up in later advertising, and both play major parts in Secret Warriors.note 
  • Affectionate Nickname: Squirrel Girl calls Ms. Marvel "Double M" and Ms. Marvel calls her "SG".
  • Age Lift: All of the main characters on the team are roughly the same age, which means some of them (e.g. Quake, America and Squirrel Girl particularly) are younger than they are in the comics.
  • Air Vent Escape: Played with. The air vent does play a part in the escape from the cells in Hala's ship, but not through the usual methods; instead, Kamala stretches her arms through them to reach an access panel that will open the doors.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Comparisons have been drawn between this and the distinguished competition's DC Super Hero Girls, which is another cross-platform, female-driven superhero franchise aimed at young girls.
  • Alternate Continuity: The movie is the first work of Marvel Rising, a new animated Marvel franchise that will apparently have more works set in their own connected universe.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Inferno has a slight red tint to him.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Ms. Marvel fits this trope. The Kamala Khanfidential file on Inferno has a bit of Ship Tease between the two of them, with Ms. Marvel accidentally calling him "really hot". At the same time, she's also shown to fangirl over Captain Marvel. When she finally meets her in the movie, she blushes and giggles, not unlike someone with a Celebrity Crush.
  • Animation Bump: The movie's animation resembles that of Marvel's Spider-Man, but with more detail, more vibrant colors, and other such improvements. This is most apparent when one looks at the scenes in motion than in stills, particularly the action scenes.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Patriot apologies to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as he's attacking them, because he's only doing so for a good cause.
  • Ascended Extra: The original comic Exile was a drunk who got his name when Queen Medusa banished him from ever setting foot in New Attalan after murdering his father in a mistaken drunken rage (he had thought he was a baseline human and not an Inhuman until he gained enough exposure to the mists). He would later gain a hold of one of the Mandarin's Rings and ended up dying in combat against Tony Stark's brother Arno. Here, he's a major character.
  • Big Bad: Hala, a Kree Accuser.
  • Brick Joke: When Squirrel Girl meets Patriot, she wonders if he smells like freedom. At the end of the movie, she sniffs Captain America and whispers, "So that's what freedom smells like."
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Patriot believes Daisy's gauntlets are the source of her powers, until she reveals she can quake just fine without them. She let him believe it because she wasn't sure how he'd react to her being an Inhuman.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Ms. Marvel is able to beat Exile at one point by tricking him into thinking she missed a punch, only to grab a coolant pipe behind him and freeze his armor until he collapses. Hala compliments her cunning despite Exile's protests.
  • Covers Always Lie: The poster shows Ghost-Spider among the cast, despite her not appearing in the actual movie.
  • Disappeared Dad: When Hala is threatening the Inhuman captives into fighting each other, the image of Kamala's family only has her and her mom, implying this.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Exile is arguably this; Hala spends most of her time on her ship and only has one major battle with the heroes, while Exile is the one who does most of the work and ends up being the Final Boss of the movie.
  • Dressed in Layers: Squirrel Girl rips off her civvie clothing to reveal her superhero costume. When asked how she can afford to do so, she explains that it's snap-on for easy removal.
  • The Elevator from Ipanema: When they bust out Quake, there's a break in the action and the music when they're in an elevator.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Exhile mocks Ms. Marvel when a punch fails to land, but she was actually grabbing a coolant pipe to freeze him.
  • Fangirl: Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel.
  • Fantastic Racism: There's apparently some anti-Inhuman sentiment going around. One girl at Kamala's school was bullied because two jerks took offense at her being Inhuman. Daisy let Patriot believe that her gauntlets were the source of her powers because she was afraid of how he'd react to her being an Inhuman. The Inhuman Exile also seems to view humans in a negative light.
  • Five-Token Band: The Secret Warriors consist of a gay Latina (America Chavez), a Pakistani-American Muslim girl (Ms. Marvel), a black guy (Patriot), a biracial (half Chinese/half Caucasian) girl (Quake), two Caucasian girls (Ghost-Spider and Squirrel Girl, the latter of which is plus size) and a Latino (Inferno).
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Inferno steals America Chavez's motorcycle.
  • History Repeats: Lampshaded by America after she tells Squirrel Girl about her backstory.
  • Insert Song:
    • “Watch Me Rise” plays in the beginning when Ms. Marvel is watching Captain Marvel take off.
    • “Stay True” plays when Squirrel Girl, America, and Patriot are busting out Quake.
  • It Always Rains at Funerals: It rained at Kevin's.
  • Kissed Keepsake: After Ms. Marvel gets a fist bump from Captain Marvel, she declares that she's never washing her hand again.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: America gives Squirrel Girl a lift through S.H.I.E.L.D.'s prison block since Squirrel Girl can't fly and is having trouble keeping up. Then she invokes this trope.
    America: This never happened, got it?
  • Lighter and Softer: Much like Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight, Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell and possibly Big Hero 6, this movie is made for a younger audience than Marvel Animation’s previous movies. That said, it isn't devoid of any serious elements; Gwen's friend Kevin's murder is a significant plot point in the Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts that act as a lead-in to the film, which isn't something you'd see in something too much softer.
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: After using America Chavez's powers to bust a hole in a wall and rescue Quake from S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, America, Squirrel Girl and Patriot stand triumphantly in the hole...until they start coughing from the dust.
  • Obliviously Evil: Hala is described as a villain who believes that they are doing the right thing.
  • Offhand Backhand: Squirrel Girl does this to some Kree soldiers with her tail.
  • One-Winged Angel: Exile does this in the climax, using his powers to turn into a giant, shadowy minotaur.
  • Ring-Ring-CRUNCH!: After a long night of heroing, Ms. Marvel tries to slip back into bed without getting caught, only for her alarm to go off. She smashes it with a giant hand on reflex.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: Despite the major role he plays, Exile makes no appearances in any of the promotional material (at least, outside of his One-Winged Angel form).
  • Ship Tease:
    • There's some noticeable teasing between Doreen/Squirrel-Girl and Rayshaun/Patriot. In one interaction she gets up in his space, then pulls back with both of them blushing. At the end of the movie, she hugs him and Tippy-Toe gets in between their faces to push them apart. In Patriot's Kamala Khanfidential video Doreen gushes about his positive traits and calls him "the total package."
      Kamala: I mean, I wasn't planning to put it that way—
      Doreen: Then I will. He's the total package.
    • In the Kamala Khanfidential entry on Inferno, Kamala accidentally calls him "really hot", then stammers, "you know, 'cause of the fire," as the video uses a clip of them close to each other's faces. Squirrel Girl remarks, "Yeeeah, 'cause of the fire," then both she and Kamala agree to move on from the topic.
  • Team Normal: Patriot is the only one on the team who has no powers of his own, just training and a high-tech shield.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: Patriot is initially on the side of S.H.I.E.L.D., but a Rousing Speech from Squirrel Girl gets him to do the right thing even if it means disobeying orders.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. The team consists of four girls and two boys.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Exile paints himself as a more heroic figure to Kamala and Doreen.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Squirrel Girl calls America Chavez out for not doing more to try and help.
  • You Have Failed Me: When Ms. Marvel manages to outwit and freeze Exile, Hala immediately considers him a failure and offers Ms. Marvel his former job. When Exile protests that she used trickery, Hala bluntly tells him that it doesn't matter how she won, only that she did. Downplayed because Hala never even considers killing him, apparently not deeming it worth her time.