Squirrel Girl is getting a TV Show in 2018 thanks to Marvel and ABC. Okay. Gotta keep the hype in control.
The marvel universe is getting darker. The Netflix series are about as gritty as sandpaper, and the movies themselves grow more and more cataclysmic as we get towards Avengers:Infinity War in 2018.
Maybe it’s time for some lightness?
Enter Stage Right, Squirrel Girl. Also the New Warriors.
Here’s the blurb from Marvel themselves,
“Marvel’s New Warriors” is about six young people with powers living and working together. With powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world… Even if the world isn’t ready. Not quite super, not yet heroes, “Marvel’s New Warriors” is about that time in your life when you first enter adulthood and feel like you can do everything and nothing at once — except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series will feature fan-favorite “Squirrel Girl” (Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fan girl—tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel… She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves. Additional cast to be announced.
To clarify, the series will be airing in 2018, and will probably be part of the same plan for ABC as the in production Cloak and Dagger series.
Okay, containing my Hype for a second, The concept is a natural fit for the marvel universe. A series skewing towards the younger audience and featuring honest to god straight heroics is something that’s lacking compared to the tone shifts of Agents of Shield, the pulpiness of Agent Carter or the darkness (Literally) of the Netflix series.
Squirrel Girl as the lead is a great idea too. The latest comics iterations have proven consistently popular, in part due to the optimism and wry humor.
For the uninitiated, Squirrel Girl (Doreen Green) is a hero who has the proportional powers of a squirrel, including a tail and the ability to talk to Squirrels.
She was invented as a gag about sidekick characters, but over the years has been consistently growing more and more powerful and beloved.
In her first appearance, she defeated Doctor Doom with an Army of Squirrels and her wits.
When her most recent series launched, she defeated the Cosmic Threat of Galactus, devourer of planets, by herself, saving the earth.
(By talking him into going and eating a different, uninhabited planet.)
She’s an inherently silly character, but that’s the point. She never stops trying to do good.
Squirrel Girl and whatever new warriors they decide to include in the series are likely to give us an optimistic, heroic look at the marvel universe.
Something that’s sorely needed.