Who Is Squirrel Girl? Anna Kendrick Wants To Play Marvel's Coolest Superhero & This Needs To Happen
Big news: Anna Kendrick has decided that she would get in on the Marvel universe, but only if she can be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. In an interview with Net A Porter, Kendrick said she was interested in playing Marvel's Squirrel Girl, one of the universe's more underrated and quirkier characters. The reason? A recommendation from her brother, who is now officially my favorite person for suggesting this: "My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]. I don’t know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!” A Twitter meme from fans proves that Kendrick definitely could rock the part, and let's be honest — who wouldn't want to see her join the already star-studded Marvel Universe. But, given Kendrick's interest in the part, it's worth asking: Who is Squirrel Girl?
In the Marvel Universe, Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, was originally a young girl from Los Angeles who is half-squirrel and can talk to her squirrel peers. As she developed a tail and realized she could talk to squirrels, she made it her mission to harness her power for good. She tries to become Iron Man's sidekick, but he rejects her — so, Squirrel Girl to save him ffrom Doctor Doom with the help of her squirrel army. She later joined the Great Lakes Avengers, and even defeated Thanos (yes, the villain that appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy).
She made her comeback in Marvel's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, a 2015 revival of a 1991 introduction of Squirrel Girl by Marvel to stress how "silly the whole notion was" of superhero comics. In the comics, Squirrel Girl is a freshman at NYU, studying computer science (women in tech, hell yeah!), and her sidekick is named Tippy Toe. Perhaps the best part is her motto: "We're gonna kick butts and eat nuts!"
Squirrel Girl is one of Marvel's more light-hearted, fun heroes, but still fierce, powerful, and blessed with super-strength and the ability to heal incredibly quickly. It seems like Marvel would be remiss not to cast Kendrick as the superhero — especially because oh my god, just think of the crossover opportunities! I would love to see her save Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, and just be on screen with Downey Jr. in general. Who do I have to talk to to make this happen?!