EDITORIAL: Why Squirrel Girl is the Most Underrated Marvel Character
I am here today to talk to you about one of the most underrated Marvel characters in history. Right now you may be rolling your eyes, but trust me, I have some good reasons why Squirrel Girl is one of the most Underrated Marvel Characters…
I bet right now you are rolling your eyes and shaking your head. You may think that Squirrel Girl is lame, but trust me, once you dig into her background, you will find that she is an epic character that deserves more recognition. Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl is definitely not Marvel’s greatest female character. I’m not arguing that she is an amazing character and needs to be in every movie, just that she could use a little more acknowledgement. I will give you 10 reasons why I think Squirrel Girl is great and needs more appreciation, then I want YOU to tell me what you think about her. Let’s start with Number 1………
1. She not only beat Dr. Doom, but also:
The Mandarin, M.O.D.O.K., Thanos, Bi-Beast, Pluto, Fin Fang Foom, Deadpool, Baron Mordo, Korvac, Wolverine, Giganto, and Ego the Living Planet......... And you thought she was weak...
2. She is a Mutant
Most big Squirrel Girl fans know she is a mutant. Why is this good? Because it doesn’t mean she got her powers some completely random way, like getting bit by a radioactive squirrel. No, instead, she is a mutant. It explains her powers without being completely goofy. Does this mean we can see her in a future X-Men movie? Even though the fact that she is a mutant helps her chances, the sad truth is: probably not.
3. She tried to be Iron Man’s Sidekick
14 year old mutant Doreen Green wanted to be a superheroine under the name Squirrel Girl. She hoped to impress Iron Man when she ambushed him in the forest. Iron Man declined her when she asked to become his sidekick. But just then, Dr. Doom captured Iron Man, which led to… uh… you know… (But Iron Man still didn’t let her become his sidekick) That made a pretty fantastic issue…
4. Her Costume is Awesome
I mean, just look at it. The tail adds originality to the character, while the fur suit helps with the fact that she has squirrel powers.
5. Her Powers
And speaking of her powers… seriously though… the powers of a squirrel!?! Isn’t that awesome? I mean, she can lift between 800 lbs. and 25 tons! She can also leap several stories, has small claws on each finger and toe, has a 3 foot long semi-prehensile tail, has a retractable knuckle spike, has a healing factor, and can communicate with squirrels!!! Now that is pretty awesome.
6. She is only 14
It’s one thing when a grown woman defeats some of the greatest super villains in the Marvel Universe, it’s another when a Teenager does.
7. Her Squirrels have Awesome Names
I mean, C’mon! Monkey Joe… Tippy Toe, Slippy Pete, Mr. Freckle, and (my personal favorite) Nutso! Sadly they were all killed… Moment of silence…
8. Her Origin
She was created as a throw-away character who was just made for some comic-relief. She has come a long way…
9. She has an awesome Nickname
The Slayer of all that Breathes………………… Nuff Said.
10. Dum-Dum Dugan offered her a position at S.H.I.E.L.D.
…which she turned down! Dugan said he’s been watching her for some time now, and he found her to be very effective at defeating powerful super villains. I mean, go back up to #1 and look at her track record! She beat the real Thanos for crying out loud! But, she said she was happy with the Great-Lake Avengers and declined Dugan’s offer. But uh, really? Great-Lake Avengers? Uh… Okay…
Clearly, Squirrel Girl is an amazing character, and really needs more recognition. She has an amazing history, great powers, and is an overall very interesting character. I’m surprised her only television appearance was a 3 second cameo in Fantastic Four: Earth’s Greatest Heroes. She needs to be featured in more video games as well, and needs to be in comics more often. Does she need to be in a movie? As awesome as that would be, it isn’t the highest priority right now. The point is, Squirrel Girl is extremely underrated. Those are only 10 reasons why she is great, and if everyone knew this, she’d be so popular right now. Sadly, she is only a D-List Marvel Character…
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