Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

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

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

After it was ordered to series Freeform, Marvel's New Mutants-a half-hour scripted comedy-is looking for a new home. It reportedly tested very well and came to the attention of high-level Diseny executives. Insiders note that Freeform - which is expanding original programming to four nights a week in 2018 - could not find a slot for the show next year as it had originally intended.

Whether or not Marvel wants to hold off New Warriors, which was set to debut in 2018, for a whole year is another question. The 10-episode series stars Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl, Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii. Prior to New Warriors entering the pipeline, Marvel had begun development on a workplace comedy show in the form of Damage Control, but then folded that element of the Marvel Comics Universe into this summer's film release Spider-Man: Homecoming instead.

"New Warriors", which had been set for a 2018 debut, is now getting shopped to other networks and platforms. Disney's streaming service is being eyed to launch in late 2019, which could also eliminate that as a destination unless the platform is jump-started early as Marvel is keen on the show airing in 2018.

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Kevin Biegel ("Enlisted", "Cougar Town") created the series and is serving as showrunner.

Marvel has denied reports that it is no longer able to sell to outside companies. What network do you think would be a good fit for The New Warriors? If New Warriors ends up somewhere within Disney next year, the future of Marvel shows on other streaming services could be in doubt.

Marvel TV is actually run by people at Marvel Comics who have no real experience in television or other forms of media outside comics, with Jeph Loeb, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, and Brian Bendis running things. The series could allow for several spinoffs, similar to the Netflix deal.

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