Perhaps the unlikeliest Marvel superhero, Squirrel Girl appears to be coming to the small screen! Though Marvel Television and ABC Studios have not confirmed it, many sources are reporting that they are shopping around a half-hour comedy based on ‘The New Warriors’ with Doreen Green as the focal character. Squirrel Girl has become one of Marvel’s most popular cult favorites over the past few years, especially among those looking for a hero that is lighter and more off-beat than the angsty norm. Squirrel Girl possesses squirrel-like powers, including razor sharp claws, super agility, enhanced speed and strength and of course, a prehensile tail. Oh and she’s also “unbeatable” having taken down such major Marvel baddies as Doctor Doom, Fin Fang Foom and Galactus! And since she’s a Marvel character, of course she’s also battled some fellow heroes, and beaten them as well, including Deadpool and Wolverine.
Reportedly Marvel and ABC are shopping ‘The New Warriors’ around to various networks and streaming services, so it doesn’t sound like it will actually air on ABC unlike ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ If that’s the case, this comedy series may not be part of the larger Marvel television universe.
‘Pitch Perfect’ star Anna Kendrick recently declared that she wanted to play Squirrel Girl, stating:
“My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]. I don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!”
Marvel film directors Joe and Anthony Russo agreed that she would be “perfect casting.”
John Barrowman’s a fan! He cosplayed as her at SDCC this year!
— John Barrowman MBE (@Team_Barrowman) July 23, 2016
For the record, Squirrel Girl has never been a member of The New Warriors, although she had a crush on team member Speedball. She was a member of the comedic ‘Great Lakes Avengers’, before becoming the nanny of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s baby Danielle.
In the comics, ‘The New Warriors’ originally consisted of Firestar, Justice, Namorita, Night Thrasher, Nova and Speedball. Over the years, many additional characters have joined, including Darkhawk, Rage (who has appeared on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’), and The Scarlet Spider. ‘Cloak & Dagger’ are getting their own series on Freeform, and in the past, Dagger was a member without Cloak. There have also been several members created especially for the team, but that aren’t widely recognizable.
In the comics, it was the New Warriors who actually caused the disaster that caused the “Civil War’ storyline, with most of their current members, including Night Thrasher and Namorita, being killed in the process.
Between all of these characters, there is certainly room to connect to the existing Marvel shows, including ‘Agents’ as well as the Netflix shows. But it’s unlikely that a sitcom would mesh in tone with those.
Marvel already has another comedy series in development based on the comic book ‘Damage Control’. This project was announced last year and was expected to begin airing this year, but there has been no news on this project in months, so it’s unclear if it’s still in development.
Are you intrigued to see Squirrel Girl and ‘The New Warriors’ on TV?
Source: TV Line