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Real Name: Doreen Green
First Appearance: Marvel Super-Heroes vol. 2, #8
Why: She has the ability TO CONTROL SQUIRRELS. To repeat: SHE CONTROLS SQUIRRELS. I don't know if this is getting clear to you: She's SPEAKS the language of the squirrels. Not convinced yet? She has a prehensile tail and after "Orphan Black," the kids love prehensile tails. She also has squirrel-like agility and she carries nuts in her utility belt. But mostly? SHE CONTROLS SQUIRRELS. And she has a squirrel sidekick named Monkey Joe. In fact, why are we wasting her on TV? I want a "Squirrel Girl" movie.
Why Not: Some people may scoff and suggest that the ability to talk to squirrels and having a squirrel sidekick named Monkey Joe isn't unimaginably awesome. Those people are wrong and they're underestimating Squirrel Girl just as Doctor Doom once underestimated her. The only downside is that creating realistic CGI squirrels may be difficult and Marvel may want to wait for technology to reach the point at which Monkey Joe can be properly achieved. I can respect that. Don't do Squirrel Girl til you can do her right. Wait. That sounds bad.
- Daniel Fienberg
Photo Credit: Marvel Comics