Picking up from Part 1, we're taking a look at child actors, where they are now, and what roles they could potentially play in the MCU. For Part 2 we're going to look at the New Warriors, specifically as it concerns Marvel's upcoming movie Captain America: Civil War. Now we know that things in the MCU will be very different from the comic version of Civil War, due to the lack of secret identities in the MCU and movie rights to other players. So, we know that the Stamford, CT incident with The New Warriors and Nitro won't be the spark to the Civil War flame; however, that doesn't necessarily negate them from the cinematic universe. If Marvel and ABC have Damage Control in the works, don't doubt for a second that an idea for the New Warriors isn't floating around on their idea table somewhere.
I think for The New Warriors to work it would be set up much like in the comics, having ABC or Netflix promoting it like a Marvel "reality" TV show. A few of these characters happen to be mutant, so they'd have to choose characters that weren't or divert from the original a bit, obviously. And if it ever comes to light, we're a long way off from it happening, but maybe one day we'll see it (we can dream, right?). Now who would be these characters? Well, prepare for a blast from the past as we take a look at who could be a part of this team.
Erik Per Sullivan, Malcolm in the Middle
Sullivan started his career with an uncredited role in Armageddon, but is more widely known for being the younger brother in the TV series Malcom in the Middle. Since then, Sullivan has done some voice work, but is sticking to his education for the time being. I think, for his comeback role in the MCU (because where else would you want to make a comeback?), he would make a great Speedball.
Robbie snuck in to watch an experiment that tapped an extra-dimensional energy source, and was accidentally irradiated by it when the energy went out of control. The energy gave him superpowers: Whenever Robbie was hit with an impact above a certain strength, he'd become surrounded by a protective kinetic energy field that manifested in the form of a more muscular body, a spandex costume, and floating 'bubbles' in the air around him. When he was in "Speedball mode," any impact against him caused him to bounce instead of being harmed. He could also harness this energy and direct it more forcefully, or alternately use it as a bubble/shield to protect others, catch others, and even stop moving objects, like bullets, in mid-air (marvel.wikia.com).
Christie Abbott, Wishbone
Abbott may be one of those child actors who fell off your radar (I know she did for me), but after her time on Wishbone in '95, she continued her career in TV, movies, and commercials up to 2011. Being an incredible dancer on top of everything else, she already has the qualifications to resume her acting in a New Warriors' series. Despite her death in the comics (from the Stamford, CT incident), that is obviously not happening and Namorita would be a great addition to the MCU (assuming the whole rights issue could get worked out, looking at you Universal... *cough*cough*).
Namorita's mother, Namora, was the first cousin of Namor, and, like Namor, was a hybrid with superhuman strength and the power of flight by using the ankle wings on her feet. Unlike Namor, her mother was human and her father Atlantean. Namora's sterility created tension with her husband Talan (wikipedia.org).
Namorita is a clone of Namora that eventually joins the New Warriors.
Scarlett Pomers, Star Trek: Voyager
You may also recognize Pomers from her role as Reba McEntire's youngest daughter, Kyra, on the WB Network's comedy hit Reba. Continuing with the New Warriors, I think we undoubtedly have our Ultragirl.
Little is known of the origins and childhood of Tsu-Zana, and even her origin is unprecised: She is stated to be a Human/Kree hybrid and a mutant. She was seemingly brought to Earth, or born there, and protected by a community of pink-skinned Kree... It was said in the Kree writings that Tsu-Zana was to be the Ultimate Unifier, so she could eventually restore glory to the Kree Empire, by defeating both Shi'ar and blue-skinned Kree (marvel.wikia.com).
Hana Hatae, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Hatae has seemed to make a career out of Star Trek, starring as the same character, Molly O'Brien, in both The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine. Her latest movie credit, 5th Passenger, is in post-production now. Anyone else seeing Hatae as the depowered Jubilee, Wondra? Again, mutant, so that's a no go in the MCU (for now).
After the House of M, Jubilee was one of the mutants affected by Scarlet Witch's reality altering wave and has lost her powers... Jubilee joined the New Warriors under the guise of Wondra. As Wondra, Jubilee had superhuman strength (derived from a power suit) capable of lifting a freight train over her head (marvel.wikia.com).
Josh Server, All That
While seemingly making a name for himself exclusively on Nickelodeon, Server's most successful role was on All That for six years. Having clearly grown up over the past 20 years, with few gigs outside of Nick, life has been good to Server. In connection to Agents of SHIELD and the Inhumans movie coming in phase 3, I could see Server playing the role of Haechi, a newly evolved Inhuman who manifested his powers as a result of the release of the Terrigen Bomb after the fall of the Inhuman city of Attilan.
Kel Mitchell, Kenan & Kel
While his other half, Kenan Thompson, seems to be more in the limelight with his role on SNL, Kel has also made quite a name for himself with a consistent and impressive resume. After already entering the superhero game in Mystery Men back in 1999, are we ready to see this comedic actor earn his merit on the Marvel screen? A possible role for him could be Night Thrasher.
After Dwayne Taylor's parents were murdered in his childhood, he trained himself into becoming Night Thrasher. [After bringing] together the New Warriors, a group of 6 teen heroes who were trying to find their place in the world... Dwayne often found himself at odds with the team due to his extreme stance on crime (marvel.wikia.com).
Keshia Knight Pulliam, The Cosby Show
After her long run on The Cosby Show, Pulliam made more of a success of herself through other shows like House of Payne and a handful of movies. Giving her the role of Debrii could be fun and introduce a sort of antagonist to the early part of the series, before bringing in the true enemy.
Debrii was introduced by the New Warriors' TV producer, Ashley, and so was the only member of Night Thrasher's revised team to have not been hand-picked by him. The TV company's board of directors felt that there was no "friction" in the current team - they all liked each other too much - and that the show would get better ratings if an unknown quantity was added to the team. Debrii's abrasive, antagonistic personality was perfect in this regard; she didn't get on well with any of the team members... described as a "low level telekinetic magnet," she is able to move masses of huge objects in her immediate vicinity at will, and is capable of manipulating many such objects at one time. She can use any "debris" around her to defend herself from attacks, or to attack her enemies (wikipedia.org).
You may not agree with this funny casting, but I think the New Warriors would still make a great show. And who knows, maybe some of these former child actors can make even more of a comeback through a comic book role.