The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand its television presence, with Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” “Punisher” and Defenders on the way, and Hulu’s “The Runaways” in active development Marvel is poised to explode on the small screen in 2017 and beyond. Now, a new report states that the New Warriors are being eyed for a thirty-minute comedy series starring fan-favorite hero, Squirrel Girl.
According to TV Line, Doreen Green a.k.a. Squirrel Girl is the latest Mervel hero under consideration for entering the MCU. Marvel and ABC Studios have yet to confirm the series’ development, but TV Line says “New Warriors” is already shopping for cable and streaming outlets. Fans might be quick to point to Netflix as a home for the potential comedy since in the comics she’s served as Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s nanny, but CCO Ted Sarandos explained that it is not currently looking to expand its slate of Marvel series when recently asked why it passed on picking up “Agent Carter.”
The little-known character has received quite a bit of online notoriety in recent weeks, with several Hollywood stars mentioning her as a character they’d like to portray. First, “Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick has expressed that she’d be up to play the offbeat hero, an idea director Edgar Wright supports, calling it “a perfect casting” for the role. Shannon Purser, who played Barb in The Duffer Brothers’ smash hit Netflix series “Stranger Things,” has also made her desire to portray the character known. However, as of right now, there is no news on who Marvel might be eyeing to bring the character to life.
Squirrel Girl was created by writer Will Murray and artist Steve Ditko, who debuted the character who, in addition to her super strength can speak to squirrels, in “Marvel Super Heroes vol. 2” #8 where she teamed with Tony Stark to defeat the villainous Doctor Doom. After disappearing for decades, the obscure hero found new notoriety when Dan Slott and Paul Pelletier had her join the Great Lakes Avengers in their “GLA: Misassembled” miniseries, where she was portrayed as an unbeatable force for good — even if most of the Marvel Universe was unaware of her existence. Since then, Squirrel Girl has been seen in numerous arcs and storylines across the Marvel Universe, including an ongoing solo series written by Ryan North and drawn by Erica Henderson.
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