Marvel's New Warriors Won't Air on Freeform After All

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).

THR reports Marvel TV's New Warriors half-four comedy series that was set to debut on ABC's Freeform in April is now being shopped around to other outlets. The half-hour scripted comedy is now being shopped to other networks, putting Marvel in a bit of a bind. Its sources contend that Marvel is no longer permitted to sell television projects to other companies, which would severely limit the show's prospects. What network do you think would be a good fit for The New Warriors? Apparently the pilot for the series has "tested through the roof", even catching the eyes of high-level Disney execs. Marvel asked for the show back as they want it to premiere soon, so Freeform gave it to them.

The decision, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, sounds like it has more to do with Freeform's current inventory of programming than any issues with "New Warriors". If New Warriors debuts on the Disney streaming service, it won't happen until the program's possible launch in late 2019.

The series stars Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii. Production is rumored to resume in January should the show find a quick new home. Marvel head of TV Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory executive produce alongside Biegel, who serves as showrunner.

The series follows "six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates".

As for where New Warriors ends up now, THR reports that Marvel is limited in selling their properties to outside companies, which likely means that New Warriors will end up on a Disney-owned channel at some point.

  • Kyle Peterson