Armed with squirrel-themed superpowers, a huge fluffy tail, and (of course) some squirrel sidekicks, shes one of the weirder heroes in the Marvel pantheon. We took a look back through her historyand collected some of the most intriguing Squirrel Girl facts.
1) She may be the most powerful hero in Marvel Comics
Squirrel Girldefeated Doctor Doom with an army of squirrels in her first cameo appearance, setting the tone for her comics. By now shesdefeated several of Marvels most formidable villains, spawning a running joke that shes the most powerful character in the Marvel universe. Here she is in the 2009 holiday comicGLX-Mas, defeating M.O.D.O.K. with help from a squirrel sidekick:
Shes also fought and won againstThanos and Terrax, along withsomelesser-known villains. Hence the title of her current ongoing comic:The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. (Plus, there was that one time she persuaded Galactus not to eat the Earth, althoughthat was a triumph of social skills rather than physical combat.)
2) She was Jessica Jones and Luke Cages nanny
When superheroes have a baby, it presents a problem: What do they do about childcare? All too often, it means sidelining a female character so she can stay home with the baby. And that really sucks, becausesuperheroes rarely age in real time, so their kids get trapped in eternal toddler-hood.
New Avengerssolved this problem by introducing Squirrel Girl to look afterDani Cage, Jessica Jones and Luke Cages daughter. After interviewing dozens of Marvel C-listers, they hired heras their nanny.
3) She hooked up with Wolverine
In the same issue ofNew Avengers, we learn thatWolverine and Squirrel Girl once had a fling. In a later Wolverine comic, she even shows up in one of his sexual fantasies alongside Emma Frost and Mystique.
This was probably intended as a funny background joke, but it has some sleazy implications. Wolverine is over a 100 years old, whereas Squirrel Girl is typically depicted as a teenager. Did theyhook up when she was still underage? This feels pretty out-of-character for Wolverine, who has a long history of being a platonic mentor to young girls in the X-Men comics. Maybe this backstory detail is best left forgotten.
4) Shes basically reverse-Deadpool
In many ways, Squirrel Girl and Deadpool are polar opposites, but they originated from the same source: the edgy,violent era of 90s Marvel. Deadpool made his debut in 1991, as a funny and pop-culture-savvy addition to Marvels newly gritty lineup.Arriving in 1992, Squirrel Girl was a more obvious contrast as an unabashedly silly character. Heres what her creator Will Murray had to say:
It was an age of grueling, gritty mutants, and I wanted to do a story that went back to the early Silver Age of Marvel Comics, where they did a lot of tongue-in-cheek stories that were lighter in the heart than what was going on.
Squirrel Girls comics are full of geeky references and genre-savvy actiona less-violentspin on the formula that made Deadpool a star.
5) Her comic includes one of the few transgenderMarvelheroes
Koi Boi is one of Squirrel Girls teammates inUnbeatable Squirrel Girl.He fights crime alongside his partner Chipmunk Hunk, and as youd expect, his powers are fish-related. Hes also trans-masculineand is pictured wearing a binder in issue #9. This makesSquirrel Girlone of the very,very fewMarvel comics featuring a trans superhero.
6) Shes Twitter friends with Iron Man
Squirrel Girl and her friends are big social media users, and each issue ofUnbeatable Squirrel Girl begins with a Twitter recap of recent events. Thats how we know thatSquirrel Girl is on @-reply terms with Tony Stark.
This would be an awesome detail to include in theNew Warriors TV show, incorporatingthe most popular MCU character without requiring an expensive cameo from Robert Downey Jr.But considering the lack of movie tie-ins in Marvels other TV shows, its unlikely.
7) Her comic revealed a hilarious detail about Wolverines claws
InUnbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, X-Mens Jubilee dropped a bombshell about Wolverine.
Yes, this ridiculous detail is official Marvel canon. Its exactly the kind of silly joke that couldnt reallyhappen in an X-Men bookbut is perfect for Squirrel Girl.