Marvel's New Warriors boss on show being cancelled before airing

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Photo credit: Marvel Comics
Photo credit: Marvel Comics

New Warriors showrunner Kevin Biegel has spoken about the cancelled Marvel show and shared a first look at what could have been.

After it was initially ordered for a 10-episode season and a pilot episode was filmed in 2017, the live-action series never ended up getting made, and attempts to find another home for the show proved unsuccessful.

New Warriors comprised six super-powered youths with unique abilities who strive to make a positive impact in the world, and it was due to be set in the MCU.

It would have followed Squirrel Girl (Milana Vayntrub), Mister Immortal (Derek Theler), Night Thrasher (Jeremy Tardy), Speedball (Calum Worthy), Microbe (Matthew Moy), and Debrii (Kate Comer).

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In a series of since-deleted tweets posted on Wednesday (September 9), Biegel alleged that a "high-level exec with an agenda" was the reason for the show's cancellation.

He tweeted: "There's a show we wrote a few years ago. It was very very proudly gay. A SINGULAR power that be killed the show. Because it was too gay. A rich, straight, Brentwood turd. He got fired for being vile at his company. We, on the other hand, live."

Biegel went on to say: "Sadly, we didn't get to share it with you. If this was a 'the show was crap' situation, I'd totally shut up and never speak. Unfortunately, this was a 'high level exec with an agenda' situation. He got fired. I still miss our show."

However, he later deleted all his posts and joked: "Morning! I let [Ryan Reynolds] take over my account last night. What'd I miss?"

Photo credit: Marvel Comics
Photo credit: Marvel Comics

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The Marvel boss also used his social media platform to share behind-the-scenes content which has since been deleted, such as a first look at the costume for Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl.

He followed up the posts by sharing a video clip of his children watching the pilot episode on a laptop, revealing footage of Squirrel Girl leaping into action, alongside the now-deleted tweet: "In the very least, I got to make our kids proud (yes, that's The Rocketeer score as Squirrel Girl jumps and twists and dives)."

The series would have also featured Keith David as Ernest Vigman, a character who would have eventually become MODOK.

Speaking to ComicBook.com about the series in 2019, David said: "In this business, one never knows.

"I would hope that at some point it would come back. Everybody seemed to like it and loved the idea. Who knows why it hasn't come to fruition yet."

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