If you’re into your pop culture, you may have seen the name “Squirrel Girl” popping up on the internet quite a bit lately. Firstly, yes, Squirrel Girl is a real Marvel Comics superhero as silly as it may sound, and secondly, this new mainstream interest came about as a result of actresses Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser (who played fan-favourite Barb in Stranger Things) both having stated that they would like to play the quirky character on-screen. Well, they’re in luck, as it looks like Marvel also want to see a live-action Squirrel Girl, along with some of her friends.
According to TVLine, Marvel TV is currently busy developing a New Warriors half-hour comedy TV series that will be led by Squirrel Girl. In the comics, the New Warriors are a team of young heroes who first came together in 1989. Created by then editor Tom DeFalco, the team was seen as a “junior counterpart to The Avengers” and consisted of existing young heroes Firestar, Marvel Boy/Justice, Namorita, Nova and Speedball, along with new creation Night Thrasher. The team has gone through several iterations since then with the lineup also including other characters like Rage, Darkhawk, Powerpax, Turbo, Scarlet Spider and more at different times.
Squirrel Girl aka Doreen Green, debuted in comics three years after the New Warriors, but was never a member of the team. Instead, she came to fame as a member of the Great Lakes Avengers, an unofficial sister team to the normal Avengers – and much more of a comedic spin on the Marvel superhero team-up concept – who consisted of mainly wacky and oddball characters. Recently in the comics though, Squirrel Girl began to take on the role of super-powered nanny to Danielle Cage, the baby of Avengers Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, and is also a member of the Mighty Avengers, an unconventional spinoff team led by hero turned billionaire AIM leader Sunspot. She possesses all kinds of squirrel-like abilities, including a prehensile tail, sharp claw, enhanced speed, strength and reflexes, and also the ability to talk to squirrels.
TVLine’s report doesn’t indicate which of the New Warriors would be joining Squirrel Girl in this proposed TV series, but based on the fact that it’s taking a comedic approach, I would expect the more lighthearted members to show up. One point of interest on this report is that Marvel are not just developing this series on ABC, which currently airs Agents of SHIELD and also aired Agent Carter. Instead Marvel TV are reportedly shopping New Warriors around to several broadcast TV networks as well as streaming media platforms. If it ends up on the latter, this does mean that the show would get a lot more leeway for mature content, just like Marvel’s Netflix shows, but I doubt whether the concept needs to go all edgy.
Last Updated: August 31, 2016