Marvel Studios Countdown: Fans Plead for Squirrel Girl in the MCU

Marvel Studios Countdown: Fans Plead for Squirrel Girl in the MCU

Aug 08, 2016

Things are somewhat quiet on the Marvel front, post-San Diego International Comic Con. It’s apparently giving the stars time to catch up on their reading. Twitter user @Mugsysam shared a picture of Chadwick Boseman reading Black Panther comics in full costume (which was likely taken during Civil War, to be honest). Brie Larson gave her Twitter followers a treat this week by sending out a picture of herself, nestled on a couch in a Captain Marvel jacket, reading a Captain Marvel collection.

Meanwhile, the superhero grabbing the most headlines recently is Marvel’s cult cutie Squirrel Girl. It started with Anna Kendrick telling Net-a-Porter that her brother sent her The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics, because he could see her in the role. From there, fans’ imaginations ran wild. Photoshopped images by Kode A. of Kendrick as Squirrel Girl started making the rounds and director Edgar Wright (who cast Kendrick in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World) gave Kendrick a public endorsement just in case Marvel was listening.

Newcomer Shannon Purser (Barb from Stranger Things) may not be the star Kendrick is, but she’s got her own bonafides - she’s an honest to goodness fan of the character. She told Revelist, “I think Squirrel Girl is just adorable but at the same time is totally boss and completely awesome. I think people need a character like that.” It’s a role Purser is interested in playing, should the opportunity come, “It's easy in the superhero realm to feel like a lot of the female superheroes we see are grown women who are super responsible and know what their purpose is and that kind of thing. Squirrel Girl is a little bit younger and like a real person, trying to figure out her life and then also having to save the world. I love that.”

How and why are these actresses all talking about Squirrel Girl? We’d point to Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s monthly Marvel comic, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, which transitioned a cool D-list joke superhero into a cool B-list joke superhero. Ok, so maybe she’s not an A-lister yet, but Doreen Green’s squirrel powers and pluck have cultivated her the kind of fan following and great word-of-mouth that have cemented her role in the modern Marvel U.

It’s an unlikely journey for a character who’s been around since 1992. Debuting in Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special #8 from Will Murray and legendary Spider-Man creator Steve Ditko, the character was a silly one-off who teamed up with Iron Man and defeated Dr. Doom in her first appearance. She made sporadic appearances over the decades, but it was her job as nanny to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s baby in New Avengers that won over a lot of new fans. Audiences were primed for her to go solo, and in 2014, she got her very own series.

None of that means Marvel Studios is planning anything with the character, but here’s an interesting tidbit. Squirrel Girl was a mutant for years, and under Fox’s Marvel deal, that would mean she’s a character that falls under the X-Men umbrella and that would keep her out of Marvel Studios films. In the North/Henderson comic, they go out of their way to change her origin and remove her mutant roots. This might put her back on the table for Marvel to use.

We think a TV series, one that matches the comic, with Doreen juggling college life with superheroics, would be the best fit for Squirrel GIrl. It’s funny though that a character who doesn’t even have a live-action project announced would inspire this much casting conversation. In squirrel parlance, it’s nuts.

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