Marvel’s New Warriors television series (which will feature Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl) is apparently searching for a new home. The show was originally ordered straight to series by Disney owned family oriented network Freeform, but the cable network couldn’t find a home for it in their 2018 lineup.
And Marvel really wants it to air in 2018.
The complicating factor is that there’s a rumor that Marvel isn’t allowed to shop their new shows to non-Disney owned networks. Marvel denies this (and it would certainly make life complicated for Netflix and Hulu regarding future deals), but if it’s true New Warriors may have a rocky road ahead of them.
Besides Vayntrub, the show’s cast also includes Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe, and Kate Comer as Debrii. The show apparently has tested extremely well internally at Marvel/Disney, and it would be a shock if it never aired.
A few months ago we learned that Freeform had ordered a comedic television series based on Marvel’s New Warriors. What got us most excited about this though was finding out that the series would prominently feature Doreen Green — aka Squirrel Girl. As Squirrel Girl is the single best character in all of Marvel’s comics canon, getting to see her on screen finally is kind of a big deal. Our biggest question was, as you’d expect, who the heck is going to play her?
Well, it looks like we have our answer.
Marvel has announced that Squirrel Girl will be played by none other than Milana Vayntrub. Vayntrub has appeared in a number of projects, but honestly most of you probably know her from playing Lily in the AT&T commercials. Really, in my opinion, where she shined brightest was as Tina in Other Space.
The announcement also mentioned that cast will also include Derek Theler as “Craig Hollis/Mister Immortal,” Jeremy Tardy as “Dwayne Taylor/Night Thrasher,” Calum Worthy as “Robbie Baldwin/Speedball,” Matthew Moy as “Zack Smith/Microbe,” and Kate Comer as “Deborah Fields/Debrii.” And while that’s a pretty great lineup for the show, here at Nerd & Tie it just kind of faded into the background as we all thought about how wonderful it will be to see Squirrel Girl on screen.
New Warriors is slated to debut in 2018 on Freeform.
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
Guys – there’s some pretty exciting news out there today. Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. I repeat, this is not a drill – Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. SQUIRREL GIRL. IS. COMING. TO. TELEVISION. SCREENS.
I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
To be clear, what’s happening here is thatFreeform has officially ordered a New Warriors television series, but that show will prominently feature fan favorite Squirrel Girl. Because, y’know, Squirrel Girl is awesome, and if you have the option to put her on your show, you put her on your show. Kevin Biegel is reportedly in negotiations to helm the ten episode season, and I am just so excited right now.
It’s the end of the year, which means it’s time for our third annual year in review episode! We discuss the best and worst 2015 had to offer when it comes to movies, new television shows, Anime, video games, comics and (of course) conventions! Find out what Nick, Trae and Pher really liked and what they really, really hated…
It’s super fun.
Also, someone finally guessed the damned book Trae’s been reading for so many months — and they went to too much trouble to do so. But we kind of love them for it, so it’s really okay.
On this fortnight’s installment of the podcast, we talk about Squirrel Girl’s upcoming solo series, the complete DC Carnival of Sadness film lineup (including Wonder Woman), Iron Man in Captain America 3, The IT Crowd getting (another) American remake, Pher’s experiences at Anime Fusion and Nick’s opinions on Anime News Network reviewer Theron Martin.
In a move that brings joy to even the darkest caverns of our black, black hearts, Marvel comics has announced that Squirrel Girl will get her her own ongoing title.
You read that correctly, and yes you may start screaming for joy.
Written by Ryan “Dinosaur Comics” North and drawn by artist Erica Henderson, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comes out this January. And like I said, we’re very, very excited about it. The series will follow Squirrel Girl as she heads off to college… and I seriously couldn’t imagine a better premise for the book.
I mean, it’s Squirrel Girl for pete’s sake. It’s impossible not to love everything about this.
So BleedingCool is reporting that Marvel has filed for a trademark on “Squirrel Girl.” For those unfamiliar, Squirrel Girl is probably the best character ever created in modern comics. She’s effectively a silver age style character running around the modern age Marvel Universe. She has the ability to control squirrels… and defeat anyone she fights.
Seriously, she is one of the few characters whose defeat of Doctor Doom hasn’t been retconned.
Anyway, you may be asking yourself “Why is it important that Marvel Trademarked her name?” Well Marvel usually only does that with a name if they intend to adapt the character into other media like film or television. This could mean several things in this case – since Jessica Jones is getting her own Netflix series (and Squirrel Girl worked as Jessica Jones’s nanny in the comics) she might turn up there. Just as likely is that Disney might be adapting Squirrel Girl into a kid friendly property – since it would involve LOTS OF ADORABLE SQUIRRELS.
No matter what though, it means more Squirrel Girl in general, and that’s a good thing.