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MCU Reviving Squirrel Girl & New Warriors Would Prove Marvel's Key Change

Marvel’s New Warriors TV series was a missed opportunity, and Marvel Studios should show how much they’ve changed by reviving the show.

Marvel Studios would be wise to revive the New Warriors TV series on Disney+, as it would prove how far Marvel has come. Marvel Television’s New Warriors was originally picked up by Freeform back in 2016, with Kevin Biegel hired to write the pilot and potentially serve as a showrunner. It wasn’t until 2017 that cast and characters of New Warriors were officially confirmed, with Milana Vayntrub becoming star Squirrel Girl, and Freeform commissioned a pilot that reportedly tested well. Unfortunately, something went badly wrong, and the exciting superhero comedy was gone.

Biegel has recently taken to Twitter to hint at the truth. In a series of tweets — now deleted — he suggested the show was killed by “a singular power” because “it was too gay.” He seemed to be alluding to Marvel’s reclusive ex-CEO Ike Perlmutter, who didn’t want Marvel Studios to make Black Panther or Captain Marvel. Perlmutter’s general conduct and attitude ultimately caused Disney to force a corporate restructure that pulled the film studio out of the wider Marvel Entertainment group in 2015, but he nevertheless remained in charge of Marvel Television for a few years after. In addition to making these charges and allusions, Biegel shared some brilliant footage from the New Warriors pilot, showcasing Vayntrub and the puppet-squirrel Tippytoe. Of course, in the age of the Snyder Cut, these probably shouldn’t simply be taken as a former showrunner venting. It’s more likely he was rather hoping someone at Marvel would remember New Warriors now Perlmutter is out of the picture.

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