– by Brian Jasper

Marvel Television seems intent on giving us more shows based on their characters by companies not named Netflix. While in my view this is obviously a terrible idea, I’m just a guy living paycheck-to-paycheck who gets really excited for twice-a-month trips to Chipotle. The head honchos over at Marvel TV, though, have a New Warriors show to cast.

If you’re unfamiliar with the New Warriors, keep your chin up. They debuted in the pages of Thor in 1989, had their own book for parts of the 90s, and then were subsequently completely killed off in 2006 in the opening chapter of Civil War. Of course, this being a comic book company, a new New Warriors later formed, but the show seems to be based off the original team. Sadly, we won’t get to see them offed in Civil War since, you know, that movie already happened (and Kevin Feige’s having nothing to do with the MCU bastard child that is its television division).

The New Warriors follows team founder, and leader, Night Thrasher along with Speedball, Debrii, and Microbe as a bunch of #teens in a series “about six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.” Absent from the actual original comic lineup, but present in the show, is the indomitable Squirrel Girl. If you aren’t up on your Marvel Comics, I’ll use this space to inform you that Squirrel Girl is a long-time fan-favorite character with the powers of a … squirrel.

Squirrel Girl was created by writer Will Murray and legendary artist Steve Ditko back in 1991. She promptly battled and defeated Doctor Doom, then led an illustrious career of bouncing around various comics, mostly comedically-themed ones, before getting her own series in 2014, defeating Galactus, and — finally — joining the *new* New Warriors. Got all that? Good, because now that we’re all caught up, we can get to the good stuff.

Marvel, busy casting the New Warriors show for its young adult channel Freeform, just signed Milana Vayntrub of This Is Us fame to play the iconic role. Several other actresses either vied for or showed interest in the part, a group including Shannon Parser (Barb from Stranger Things) and Anna Kendrick (the Pitch Perfect trilogy and every five minutes on Top 40 radio about four years ago). From a looks standpoint, Vayntrub seems like an excellent choice. We won’t have to wait and see if she has any comedic chops, though, and that’s important as Squirrel Girl is a pretty funny character and New Warriors is being framed as a superhero comedy. Vayntrub can be seen in numerous episodes of CollegeHumor Originals and has acted in episodes of Key & Peele and Silicon Valley (she even had her own YouTube channel that was full of all kinds of awkward humor).

Are you excited for the New Warriors show? A fan of Milana Vayntrub, and do you think she’ll do a great job? If so, hit me up on Twitter at @LRM_Brian or in the comments below.

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