CBTVB: Marvel’s Obsession with Rodents Continues…
By Muuka Muyumba
A few outlets are reporting that Marvel has trademarked Squirrel Girl for a potential TV or film role in the future. No specifics have been given other than a hearty soul who tracked down a trademark application from the studio.
Squirrel Girl is a very interesting character who first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2, #8, a.k.a. Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special (cover-dated Jan. 1992), in a story plotted and drawn by Steve Ditko and scripted by character conceptualizer Will Murray. Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, is a mutant with squirrel-like abilities, and the power to control squirrels (of course), which has proven to be surprisingly effective in defeating major supervillains like Dr. Doom and Thanos.
The only problem with this rumor is that Squirrel Girl is a mutant, so her rights in film and TV may not allow for her inclusion in shows like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Netflix‘s The Defenders series. She has been included in their animated series on Disney XD, as she has already been featured in the 3rd season of Ultimate Spider-Man. Marvel Animation has complete freedom whereas Marvel Studios and Television is hamstrung by their proprietary rights to certain characters. However, there may be certain rules that make the Netflix effort different since rumors have been that she would be part of this project of like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. On the other hand, she may have a similar right situation to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver which might allow for use in either a Fox Marvelverse project or a Marvel Studios picture or show.
After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy, it appears that Marvel can do anything right now and find success, so I will start the slow drumbeat for a Squirrel Girl stand alone film!