Squirrel Girl Is Coming to TV in Marvel's New Warriors Series
Actress Anna Kendrick made headlines earlier this summer when she revealed on Twitter that her brother thought she should play the quirky Marvel Comics character Squirrel Girl. Shortly thereafter, Stranger Things star Shannon Purser (Barb) expressed her desire to play Squirrel Girl on social media, and now it seems that Squirrel Girl may hit the small screen. A new report reveals that both Marvel Studios and ABC Studios are developing a New Warriors TV series.
While we don't know for sure if Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser's tweets had any influence over this series being developed, TV Line has learned that Marvel and ABC Studios are shopping the project to cable and streaming outlets. It isn't known if the studios have any writers or producers attached quite yet, or if a pilot script has even been written yet.
New Warriors is described as a "junior version" of The Avengers, a superhero team made up of teenagers, including Doreen Green, a.k.a. Squirrel Girl. While Squirrel Girl was never a member of the team in the comic books, she was part of the New Warriors in the animated TV series Ultimate Spider-Man, where she was joined by Agent Venom, Iron Spider, Ka-Zar, Zabu, Cloak and Dagger and Triton. We don't know for sure whether or not this new TV series will include the same lineup. Though, it's doubtful that Cloak and Dagger will be included, as they are getting their own TV show on Freeform.
The New Warriors made their Marvel Comics debut in 1989's The Mighty Thor #411, created by Tom DeFalco. They were originally seen as a younger counterpart to The Avengers, in the same way that The New Mutants and X-Force were formed alongside the X-Men. The original New Warriors lineup included Firestar, Marvel Boy, Namorita, and Nova with Speedball and Night Thrasher. Other additions through the years included Silhouette, Rage, Hindsight Lad, Bandit, Dagger, Darkhawk, Powerpax, Turbo and the Scarlet Spider.
Earlier today, we reported that Shannon Purser has signed on to play Ethel Muggs in The CW series Riverdale, based on the Archie Comics. Even if this New Warriors series does find a home, it will most likely be quite some time before we see it on the small screen, so perhaps there is still a chance that Shannon Purser could nab the role. It's also possible that Anna Kendrick could put herself in contention for the role, after her tweets went viral. Check out this scene from the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man featuring Squirrel Girl's introduction, voiced by Misty Lee, to get a better sense of this character.