In its unending march to conquer all of pop culture, Marvel is reportedly developing a new show for ABC called New Warriors to star fan-favorite superhero Squirrel Girl.
According to TV Line, the show will be a half-hour comedy featuring a team of teenage heroes that they describe as “the junior version of The Avengers.” It’s not clear based on the report whether “teenage Avengers” is the concept for the show, or whether that information is just referenced from the comics. Either way, Squirrel Girl is the only character that TV Line’s report mentions, which is peculiar considering her only appearance on the team is in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man TV series.
Along with having the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel, Squirrel Girl is also able to communicate with squirrels. Now, that probably sounds like silliest possible superhero premise, but that’s part of her schtick. Even with those powers, she’s basically able to defeat any character she’s matched up against. Her current book is aptly called Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and in the past she’s handily fought and beaten world-destroying threats like Doctor Doom, Thanos and Galactus. Because she pokes fun at the tropes and rules of her comic book universe, Squirrel Girl often has a Deadpool vibe to her (as you can see above), which Marvel should definitely lean on, considering that character’s crossover popularity.
Squirrel Girl has been in the news lately thanks to Anna Kendrick’s recent comments about wanting to play the character. While it seems unlikely that Kendrick would commit to a TV show, the actress behind everybody’s favorite luckless sidekick of the summer, Shannon Purser, a.k.a. Barb in Stranger Things, has also expressed interest in the character.
ABC’s other Marvel show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is often criticized for its lack of costumed heroes, so it’ll be great if we get a whole show focused on a team of B- and C-list characters who would have no chance of getting their own movies.