New Warriors showrunner Kevin Biegel reveals that the Marvel series was passed on because of one executive who said the series was “too gay”.
New Warriors showrunner Kevin Biegel reveals the shocking reason the series was never picked up for series order. The New Warriors were introduced in the comics in 1989 and focused on a group of teenage and young adult superheroes. The series was set to be the star vehicle for the character of Squirrel Girl played by comedian Milana Vayntrub and would have featured characters like Mister Immortal, Night Trasher, Speedball, Microbe, and Debrii.
ABC Studios and Marvel Television originally announced development on the series in 2016 and in April 2017 ABC Freeform ordered ten episodes of the series. Despite the pilot for the series testing positively, Freeform passed on the series in 2017 as they said they had no room for it in their 2018 schedule. The series was shopped around to other Disney subsidiaries but by 2019 it appeared the series was officially dead.