Squirrel Girl comes to life in Marvel's new TV series

Justin Harp
Photo credit: Marvel Comics

From Digital Spy

Ask for a live-action Squirrel Girl long enough and you shall receive. Yes people, it's really happening!

While everyone's favourite fuzzy-tailed hero won't be joining the Avengers on the big screen just yet, Marvel will use Squirrel Girl to launch a New Warriors TV show in the US.

Freeform - formerly known as ABC Family - and Marvel Television have commissioned ten episodes of a New Warriors half-hour comedy set to debut next year.

Photo credit: Marvel Comics

Like in the comics, the New Warriors will be a group of aspiring young heroes who band together in hopes of one day making the cut with the Avengers.

Their leader is aforementioned Squirrel Girl (aka Doreen Green), who Marvel describes as "a totally empowering fangirl" as well as "tough, optimistic and a natural leader". Yep, that's our Squirrel Girl!

Doreen is gifted with all of the superpowers that squirrels naturally possess, like ace acrobatics and tenacious fighting skills. She can communicate with the furry beasts too, obvs.

The rest of the lineup of the New Warriors will be announced in due course. The series joins Cloak & Dagger as the first two live-action Marvel shows in the works at Freeform.

Of course, Marvel also has Agents of SHIELD and Inhumans at ABC, The Runaways with Hulu, and the interconnected Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist over at Netflix. All of these series are tied in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe to varying degrees.

Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb announced the New Warriors show on Wednesday: "Marvel's New Warriors have always been fan favourites and now particularly with the addition of Squirrel Girl, they are Marvel Television favourites 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."

Fans have long urged Marvel to bring the plucky but powerful Squirrel Girl to live-action, with Hollywood star Anna Kendrick even openly campaigning for the role.

We have a hard time buying that Kendrick will sign up for a half-hour Freeform comedy. How about John Barrowman?

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No, definitely not. Let the fancasting commence…

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