According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pilot for the live-action comedy — a first for Marvel Television — tested well with audiences and pleased Disney executives, but Freeform apparently couldn’t find a place for the 10-episode season on its expanding 2018 schedule.
The website notes that it’s possible New Warriors could land at the announced Disney-branded streaming service, but unnamed insiders characterize that scenario as a “longshot.” Its sources contend that Marvel is no longer permitted to sell television projects to other companies, which would severely limit the show’s prospects. That said, Disney owns multiple broadcast and cable channels, co-owns A&E Networks with Hearst Corporation, and holds a 30-percent stake in Hulu, home to the upcoming Marvel drama Runaways.
Freefrom is expected to debut another Marvel Television project, Cloak & Dagger, early next year.
New Warriors centers on six young heroes :learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.” 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.
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