Marvel's 'New Warriors' Will Not Air on Freeform As Intended


One possible victor for Freeform was the Marvel series New Warriors, featuring a superhero team that includes popular character Squirrel Girl (played by Milana Vayntrub on the show). It could debut on Disney's upcoming subscription streaming service, although that's considered a "long shot".

The 10-episode series, originally taken out by Marvel and ABC Studios in summer 2016, was slated to debut in 2018. Cougar Town vet Kevin Biegel serves as showrunner.

Today, however, THR reports that Marvel is pulling New Warriors from Freeform and looking for a new home. The show will star Marvel heroes Mister Immortal (Derek Theler), Squirrel Girl (Milana Vayntrub), Night Thrasher (Jeremy Tardy), Speedball (Calum Worth), Microbe (Matthew Moy), and Debrii (Kate Comer). It reportedly tested very well and came to the attention of high-level Diseny executives.

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Freeform picked up New Warriors straight to series earlier this year, but THR is confirming that the show is now being shopped around to other outlets. Production is rumored to resume in January should the show find a quick new home.

One other wrench in the machine is that Marvel is apparently not allowed to sell to outside companies, which limits things quite a bit - though there was no embellishment as to when this rule was put into place, why, and what it ultimately means.

Now, while Cloak and Dagger is still set to arrive on Freeform next year, New Warriors is looking for a new home. New Warriors, sources say, could be Marvel TV 2.0, with the ability to feature multiple spinoffs similar to the company's Netflix arrangement. The company now has a deal with Netflix that includes several shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Disney is launched its own streaming service soon to contain movies, TV, and original programming, so it's possible New Warriors will land there. It is produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios' ABC Signature.