This week Wired Magazine’s GeekDad blogger named his Top 10 list of obscure superheros who deserve their own movies, and my personal favorite is…yep…you guessed it: #2, Squirrel Girl.
As GeekDad explains,
“She has a squirrel tail and squirrel teeth and can control squirrels by talking to them. And she carries nuts in her utility belt. Silly, you say? Well, sure, but Ghost Rider is a guy with a burning skull for a head who rides around on a motorcycle, so silly is clearly not a bar to superhero movies. Seriously, though, we think her story would make a great kids’ movie.”
She originated in a Marvel comics series, and is now part of the “Great Lakes Initiative.” As Wikipedia explains, “Squirrel Girl is a mutant, and evinces a variety of mutations which align with the squirrel theme. During her first encounter with Iron Man, she provided a detailed demonstration of her powers and abilities: a furry, prehensile tail roughly 3-4 feet in length; sizable buck teeth, which are strong enough to chew through wood; and enhanced agility and strength, enabling her to jump between trees with ease. Her fingers have sharp claws on them, assisting her with climbing, and she possesses retractable “knuckle spikes” roughly 2-3 inches in length on each hand. Most importantly, she is capable of communicating with and understanding squirrels.”
For more than you ever wanted to know about Squirrel Girl, read more on her Wiki page.