After a couple of starlets made it clear that fans want a Squirrel Girl movie or TV show, Marvel and Freeform are making that happen. Both Anna Kendrick and Shannon Purser, the later of which is more commonly known as Barb on Stranger Things, have publicly volleyed for the role. Now Freeform is bringing Squirrel Girl to life in the comedy New Warriors. The show has been ordered straight to series. Now all they have to do is cast Squirrel Girl. And while Kendrick may be too busy with her movie career and all those Pitch Perfect sequels to participate, Purser certainly seems like the perfect small screen choice, especially after her riveting turn on Riverdale.
Marvel's New Warriors is a landmark series in that it is Marvel's first comedic live action TV show. Marvel didn't announce that it will be a part of the MCU, so it isn't known if Squirrel Girl will show up in Avengers: Infinity War. As Marvel has been stingy when it comes to sharing its TV and Movie universes with each other. They did provide an insightful PR. Which follows here.
Freeform, Marvel Television and ABC Signature today announced their second project together, Marvel's New Warriors, a new comedic live-action adaptation of the popular Marvel comic featuring young adult heroes. This marks Marvel's first foray into comedy for a television series. The network has ordered ten 30-minute episodes slated to debut 2018.
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 (aka 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.
"Freeform's mission is to deliver incredible content to young adults and Marvel Television seamlessly aligns with that mission-we couldn't be more proud to collaborate with them on Marvel's New Warriors."
Said Marvel's Head of Television and Executive Producer Jeph Loeb.
"Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favorites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favorites as well. After the amazing experience we've had with Freeform on Marvel's Cloak & Dagger we can't think of a better place for our young heroes."
The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Marvel's Jeph Loeb (Marvel's The Punisher, Marvel's The Defenders), and Jim Chory (Marvel's The Punisher, Marvel's The Defenders) serve as Executive Producers on the series.