Disclaimer: This is the first of my three-part series on Squirrel Girl. This will introduce who she is and what I have read with the character. She is a character owned by Marvel Comics.
By: Christopher Johnson
Over the past few weeks, actresses such as Shannon Purser(Stranger Things) and Anna Kendrick(Pitch Perfect 2) have strangely shown interest in starring in a Squirrel Girl movie. Now, Marvel has not announced if they are considering this, but over the next couple of months, I will discuss Squirrel Girl and how she could fit in the MCU. Today, we will simply discuss who she is, confusion on if Marvel even owns the rights to her and my personal thoughts on her character. Without further ado, let’s begin.
Meet The Hero:
- Who Is She?
Doreen Green AKA Squirrel Girl was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko. She has the ability to communicate with Squirrels as well as dressed like one with a prehensile tail. Her most known Squirrel friends are Monkey Joe and Tippy Toe.
Doreen has a very eccentric and overly excited personality. Her personality is so quirky that she is able to have a humorous interaction with every character. The quirkiness to her character blends well with everyone to the point where when she has a humorous interaction they always feel natural and in no way feel forced.
Doreen became Squirrel Girl when she ran from bullies over having a physical mutation, she ran into a forest a realized her affinity for Squirrels. She adopted the title of Squirrel Girl because she idolized Iron Man and wanted to be his sidekick, although she single-handedly defeated Doctor Doom, he declined her offer to be his sidekick. The first team she joined was “The Great Lake Avengers”, where Monkey Joe was tragically killed by Leather Boy (A rejected GLA recruit). Her next most notable appearance was when she joined the New Avengers as the nanny for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
Currently, she is a member of New Avengers by Al Ewing.
- Who Owns Her?
It has originally been believed that Doreen is a mutant, but in the new series by Al Ewing, she revealed that she really is not a mutant. This has made me wondered who owns her rights anyway?
If she is a mutant than FOX owns her 100% no questions asked, but if she isn’t then she can appear in the MCU. I personally believe her exact origins are so unclear that it is possible the newest mention of her not being a mutant can be used as Marvel retconning her to not be a mutant, that way they can use her in the MCU. I do not think this is a bad thing as I don’t see FOX using her properly, if at all.
- My Thoughts?
Since I think Marvel has retconned her origin so she not owned by FOX, I will present my thoughts on the character. I only know of her from the “New Avengers” series I have been reviewing and I think she is a great and hilarious character. She has this natural chemistry with several characters that bring out a raw and natural sense of humor. I do think she may not be as powerful as people seem to think, but that will be discussed in the next article. She does have a solo series that I have not read due to the cluttered art.
Overall, I like her character and think she could work in a very different kind of MCU film.
Overall, Doreen is a joke character, that I enjoy reading, who has become popular and has been mentioned by known actresses to play her in a movie that may not legally be able to happen. Now the final two questions remain: “What would a Squirrel Girl movie look like?” and “Is Squirrel Girl as strong as we think?”. If you would like to know when these articles will be posted just “like” Comic Conversations on Facebook or follow Cjohnson0545 on Twitter.