Marvel’s ‘New Warriors’ Scouting Out A New Home

Squirrel Girl and friends are on the move and are no longer a Freeform exclusive.
New Warriors
By  · Published on November 1st, 2017

Squirrel Girl and friends are on the move and are no longer a Freeform exclusive.

Usually, when you hear about a television show looking for a new home it is on the verge of cancellation. With Marvel’s New Warriors the complete opposite is true. According to THR, New Warriors has been testing so well that Disney is looking for a new home for its superhero team-up show. The half-hour scripted comedy was supposed to be picked up straight to series for the platform Freeform, but the show has outperformed that modest placement. Now the question is where exactly the show will air.

There have been some rumors that perhaps the show could launch on Disney’s upcoming streaming service and be an exclusive launch title a la Star Trek: Discovery and CBS All-Access. Industry insiders were quick to nip that notion in the bud.

The series pilot that has been used for testing stars Derek Theler as Mister Immortal and Milana Vayntrub as fan-favorite Squirrel Girl. Given the quick and loud praise for the pilot, high-level Disney executives were wondering just how this series would be positioned. That’s when trouble arose because Freeform doesn’t have the premier slot on its platform to probably highlight New Warriors. Disney has since asked for the show back and is currently looking for a new partner.

Milana Vayntrub

The immediate thought would be to send the show to familiar partners like Netflix which airs Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones and others or Hulu which will soon be airing Marvel’s Runaways. Apparently, there are new instructions from Disney to not sell properties to outside companies, so this severely limits the homes for New Warriors. Especially considering Disney wants the show to air in 2018.

New Warriors is a prime candidate for multiple spinoffs like how The Defenders has been used at Netflix. Not only are Theler and Vayntrub on board with their superheroes, but that cast also includes Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe and Kate Comer as Debrii. If done correctly each of these characters could essentially get their own show and give whatever network that airs the show ample material for other series. Wherever New Warriors finds a home there is a good chance the adventures of Mister Immortal and Squirrel Girl are just beginning.

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