Update: Biegel appears to have removed his tweets, in which he joked that he let Ryan Reynolds take over his Twitter account for the night. You may read the original version of this article below.
New Warriors showrunner Kevin Biegel has released a bunch of behind-the-scenes material from the cancelled Marvel television programme, including our first glimpse at Milana Vayntrub in costume as the unstoppable Marvel Comics character, Squirrel Girl. “I’m feeling frisky. “I’m thinking of doing something unpleasant,” Biegel hinted on Twitter. He then posted a lengthy article in which he said, “There’s a show we created a few years back. It was pretty openly homosexual. A solitary power that was responsible for the show’s demise. Because it was too homosexual. Brentwood is wealthy and straight. He was dismissed from his job for being a jerk. We, on the other hand, are still alive. #NewWarriors.” Biegel quickly followed up with another post, including two images of Vayntrub dressed as Squirrel Girl. Biegel also shared a video of himself having fun with the prop used for Squirrel Girl’s sidekick, Tippy-Toe. Tippy-Toe is also seen eating pizza in a subsequent batch of recordings. He later posted a video of the Squirrel Girl outfit creation process.
That exec has since been fired.
Biegel shared these pics from the show. pic.twitter.com/c6WzUD3UpD
— Phase Zero – MCU (@PhaseZeroCB) September 9, 2021
I mean, Deadpool was only greenlit after the leaked test footage.
So #NewWarriors is possible, right? Stranger things have happened.
— Adam Barnhardt (@adambarnhardt) September 9, 2021
— ComicBook.com (@ComicBook) September 9, 2021
6 new set photos from #Marvel's cancelled #NewWarriors series showcase #MilanaVayntrub's #SquirrelGirl, an #MCU #IronMan-themed bedroom, and more! Photos & details: https://t.co/Yc3U7TkB4O pic.twitter.com/IENNC6KQzy
— MCU – The Direct (@MCU_Direct) September 9, 2021
We based Doreen/Squirrel Girl’s design on @EricaFails’s appearance in the comics # newwarriors.
— Infinity (Re)Watch (@IRWpodcast) September 9, 2021
Biegel even uploaded video of his kids viewing the New Warriors pilot on a laptop, especially a sequence in which Squirrel Girl looks to spring into action. “All OK,” he wrote. “At the very least, I was able to make our children proud.” (The Rocketeer music is playing as Squirrel Girl jumps, flips, and dives.) UPDATE: Biegel has subsequently uploaded an extra film containing New Warriors behind-the-scenes footage.
At the very least, I was able to make our children proud (yep, that’s The Rocketeer music as Squirrel Girl jumps, turns, and dives).
We finally got Squirrel Girl footage from New Warriors all these years later holy shit pic.twitter.com/atlk2a9uH3
— Neb | 🏳️🌈 (@NebsGoodTakes) September 9, 2021
Is the test footage getting leaked in Disney+ and Marvel Studios' direction? I hope so. We want Squirrel Girl. https://t.co/Esh9LbB88n
— Charles Lee (@Goofyfan_Chuck) September 9, 2021
However, Biegel’s posts were not restricted to Squirrel Girl-related material. He also shared a number of other photos, including a bedroom set covered in Iron Man posters, a restaurant called Fabian’s (named after Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza), a photo of the entire main cast, and a photo of Biegel himself alongside actor Keith David, who was supposed to play a character who would eventually become the Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K. Several additional photographs of the show’s cast followed suit.
“Mister Immortal” and “Squirrel Girl” Were we inspired by the Great Lakes Avengers? We got a lot of inspiration from The Great Lakes Avengers #dinahsoar.
Biegel also discussed the demise of New Warriors and what the program meant to the cast and crew. “Unfortunately, we weren’t able to share it with you,” he added. “If this were a ‘the program was terrible’ situation, I’d shut up and never talk.” Unfortunately, this was a case of a “high level executive with an agenda.” He was dismissed. I’m still sad that our program is no longer on the air. “I have times when I can’t sleep because I’m so upset we couldn’t have characters say something like this — because of one exec who believed we were producing a ‘messy’ show,” he added, reading from a New Warriors screenplay. “Sorry. I’m not sorry. [New Warriors] would have been fantastic. “I wish we could have given it to you.” UPDATE: A Marvel spokesman refuted these accusations, saying CBR that the corporation was fully supportive of the program and that the idea was shelved after Freeform and other distributors passed. Biegel stated, “I’m not erasing anything. I adore our cast of characters. I am a huge fan of Marvel. I adore the New Warriors in all of their guises. Even a tiny bit of this programme would make the world a better place. Thank you for reading all of my BS blogs. We adore you. “I adore our programme,” he went on. “I adore our ensemble. I appreciate that our show welcomes “all misfits and weirdos.” Right now, the world is scary. I’d rather share our delight than be too afraid to do so. The [New Warriors] are all about doing the right thing in the face of criticism.” He went on to say in a follow-up, “Thank you for your nice remarks on our [New Warriors] performance. It would have been unlike any other superhero program ever (up to this point, I mean, I’m sure someone is gonna do something akin to us at some point). To be clear, we were assassinated by a single executive. He’s fucked. G’night.”
Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl (Vayntrub), Craig Hollis/Mister Immortal (Derek Theler), Dwayne Taylor/Night Thrasher (Jeremy Tardy), Robbie Baldwin/Speedball (Calum Worthy), Zach Smith/Microbe (Matthew Moy), and Deborah Fields/Debrii were all set to appear in Marvel’s New Warriors (Kate Comer). The show was picked up for a full season and was slated to premiere on Freeform in April of 2017. The pilot episode was completed in November, and the series was scheduled to air in 2018. However, by November 2018, Freeform (ostensibly) ran out of time.
As a result, the show was returned to Marvel Television, who began selling it to other Disney-owned networks. Hulu and Disney+ were also considered, but neither had any interest in picking up the series. As of September 2019, New Warriors have been proclaimed deceased.