A combination of luck, having Marvel characters*, and being very lucky the film money showed up when it did.This,along other things,makes me wonder how Marvel managed to survive bankrupcy in the Nineties.
That's a good point - if New Warriors are in better shape as a brand, who is the expendable one for Civil War? I remember Millar's original pitch was just a superhero causes the accident, maybe it'd be some poor half-remembered 'young' Tsunami-line hero. Sorry, Gravity!The idea of Spiderman becoming a New Warriors mainstay is pretty interesting, mostly because being tied to one of Marvel's most popular heroes might give Nova, Speedball, Night Thrasher, Namorita, Microbe, and even (G-d forbid) Darkhawk, extended careers as popular characters rather than expendable gags. Maybe the increased popularity of the New Warriors means that some other obscure team end up tackling Nitro and the other escapees at Stamford High School--the Champions? A minor X-team? The GLA? Lots of possibilities.