After weeks of fans debating whether Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's Anna Kendrick or Stranger Things's Shannon Purser would be a better Squirrel Girl, it now seems it's time to place your bets as to who might actually get the role.
The only twist? Rather than the solo film that fans keep asking for on social media, the character will reportedly be a part of New Warriors, a superhero comedy from Marvel Television.
TVLine describes the series as "the junior version of The Avengers....[A] superhero squad made up of teenagers, one of whom would include Doreen Green."
Green is Squirrel Girl, who has served on the Great Lakes Avengers as well as headlining her own solo series. She's experienced a massive (if mostly ironic) surge in popularity in recent years, since she was spotlighted as a nanny to the baby of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, both of whom have their own shows on Netflix.
New Warriors will be a different animal for Marvel, and not just because it's a half-hour comedy: TVLine reports that it's being shopped around to cable and streaming channels, indicating that this is one of, if not the, first times Marvel has developed a prestige series with an eye toward shopping it around, rather than developing it for a particular outlet.
In the comics, The New Warriors is one of Marvel's handful of young-superhero teams. In some versions, they were reality TV stars who did superheroics on camera for sponsorship and ratings. It's that version of the New Warriors whose battle with Nitro touched off Civil War. Versions of the team have appeared on the Fantastic Four and Ultimate Spider-Man cartoons.0comments
It's not clear whether this would be as well as or instead of the reported Damage Control TV comedy being developed by Marvel Television. Marvel TV and ABC Studios both declined to comment for TVLine's story.
This isn't the first superhero comedy to come to market; in January, NBC will launch Powerless, a half-hour sitcom set in the DC Universe and centering on the lives of insurance agents who have to struggle with how the damage done by superheroes makes their jobs harder. The big difference between that and something like New Warriors would be that New Warriors would actually star superheroes whereas projects like Powerless and Damage Control take place in-universe but focus on the impact of superheroes on everyday people.