Despite receiving a straight-to-series order from the Disney-owned network, THR is reporting that Marvel’s half-hour comedy series New Warriors will no longer air on Freeform, and is being shopped to other outlets.
According to the site, the New Warriors pilot “is said to have tested through the roof and caught the attention of high-level Disney executives”. However, Freeform – which is set to air another Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger – was unable to find a slot for the series next year, prompting Marvel to ask for it back to seek an alternative home.
The site goes on to report that Marvel may no longer be allowed to sell to non-Disney companies such as Netflix, where it has Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders and The Punisher, prompting speculation that it may find itself on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
“We are extremely excited about Marvel’s New Warriors and look forward to finding the perfect partner to launch the series with in 2018,” states Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment.
Marvel’s New Warriors is about six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of the Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world … even if the world isn’t ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, “Marvel’s New Warriors” is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
New Warriors features a cast that includes Milana Vayntrub (This Is Us) as Squirrel Girl, Derek Theler (Baby Daddy) as Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy (Dear White People) as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy (Austin & Ally) as Speedball, Matthew Moy (2 Broke Girls) as Microbe and Kate Comer (The Comeback) as Debrii.