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Eventually, everybody in Hollywood will have a recurring role as a costumed superhero. There's really no way to avoid it. When Marvel finally gets around to asking Anna Kendrick who she wants to play, she's already got it figured out. The actresses' own family thinks she should take the role of Doreen Green, otherwise known as Squirrel Girl.
While much more likely to be attached to a role that involves singing, rather than spandex, Anna Kendrick has nonetheless become a movie star in the last few years, thanks to roles like the Pitch Perfect films. In addition to being a star, the actress also comes across as a genuinely likeable human being. In a recent interview with Net-A-Porter Kendrick was discussing the actors that she saw as being great people. One of the people on the list included Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, which then led to the questions that all professional actors are required to answer at least twice a year, would she ever play a comic book hero herself? The fact that she's apparently willing to do so was not necessarily too surprising, however, her choice was a little more shocking.
My brother sent me a Squirrel Girl comic because he thinks I should [play her]. I don't know what Squirrel Girl does other than be half squirrel, but I could be half squirrel!
While Squirrel Girl is far from being at the top echelon of superhero characters in the Marvel Universe, the character has built something of a fan base, in large part due to just being such a unique creation. She isn't technically half squirrel, although she certainly looks it, with a prehensile squirrel tail of her own, along with numerous other abilities including super strength and the ability to jump great distances. The character was designed to be a lighter take on superheroes and while the name has become synonymous with silly comic book ideas, the fact that she's such a strange character, with a pretty funny name, has many comic fans very interested in her.
While there has been no discussion that we're aware of regarding bringing Squirrel Girl to Marvel TV or movies, we could probably do a lot worse with the part than Anna Kendrick. We'd guess that any take on the character would probably be closer to Ant-Man than Iron Man in tone (although, historically Squirrel Girl is a big fan of Iron Man in the comics), and Kendrick certainly has the comedy chops to pull off a role like that. If Marvel is making plans to introduce Squirrel Girl, they need to keep Kendrick on the short list.
What do you guys think? Should Marvel bring Squirrel Girl to the MCU? If they do, is Anna Kendrick the right hero for that job?