New Warriors Casts its Squirrel Girl, Another Star Joins Infinity War and more MCU News

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    Ever since Freeform revealed the details of their upcoming New Warriors  TV series, everyone has wanted to know one thing. Who will play squirrel girl? Now, we have an answer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The perpetually cheerful Doreen Green will by played by Milana Vayntrub. If you were one of the many people who got sucked into This is Us last fall, you’ll recognize that name. She played Sloane, the playwright that had a brief relationship with Kevin before he screwed it up by saying something stupid. (That show may or may not have turned into Tuesday night cry time for me.)

    Vayntrub was great on that show, and it’s easy to see why she’ll make a great Squirrel Girl. She was one of the shows more positive side characters. She was optimistic, tried to be a people-pleaser, and has a small squirrel-like appearance that’s perfect for the character. Anna Kendrick and Riverdale/Stranger Things’ Shannon Purser were also interested in playing the role before Vayntrub was cast. That’s how popular the character has become in recent years.

    If you haven’t been reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, you should fix that immediately. There’s a reason she’s become one of Marvel’s most beloved superheroes. She may not have the most impressive set of superpowers (she’s acrobatic, has squirrel claws and teeth, and she can talk to squirrels), but she’s defeated some of the most powerful villains in the Marvel Universe, including Wolverine, The Hulk, and Thanos. Too bad she isn’t in the movies. Infinity War would be over in 10 minutes.  She is also peppy and lovable, never succumbing to the grim brooding that has plagued so many of Marvel’s other heroes over the years. She is easily their best hero right now, and I can’t wait to see Vayntrub bring her to life on screen.

    The full cast of New Warriors was also announced, including Derek Theler as Mister Immortal, Jeremy Tardy as Night Thrasher, Calum Worthy as Speedball, Matthew Moy as Microbe, and Kate Comer as Debrii. Now that the full cast is in place, New Mutants should begin filming soon for its 2018 premiere on Freeform.

    Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man 3 (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Marvel Studios)

    Over on the movie side of the MCU, Avengers: Infinity War may bring back a character you weren’t expecting. The film is in the last days of production, and is scheduled to fly to New York soon to finish up principal photography. The cast of this thing is huge, which is unsurprising considering this movie, and its sequel will be the culmination of everything the MCU has been building since Iron Man. Every major character we’ve seen so far is expected to make an appearance. And it appears that includes Pepper Potts.

    Gwyneth Paltrow was apparently on the set of Avengers: Infinity WarScreen Rant reports. Their information comes from a now-deleted tweet from Atlanta Filming, a twitter account run by a set photographer. Paltrow’s appearance in Infinity War was not previously announced, which is probably why the tweet has since been taking down. The account has a pinned tweet claiming that it sometimes purposefully posts confusing stuff to prevent spoilers. So it’s possible this could all be a red herring. But then why would the tweet be taken down?

    The tweet read, “Things that’re not spoilers. Gweneth is tall, these guys where lifts, Atlanta’s weather is inconsistent and extras are always sweaty.” As someone who has done extra work in the past (not for Marvel), I can confirm that last bit is 100 percent accurate. Paltrow is certainly known to be tall, but it would only make sense for Atlanta Filming to tweet that fact if she was on set.

    Paltrow’s absence from the MCU after Iron Man 3 was always awkward. It was handwaved away as Tony and Pepper having relationship problems, which always felt hollow, especially considering the way Iron Man 3 ended. Those problems seem to have disappeared with Paltrow’s appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Pepper Potts is back in the MCU, and if this deleted tweet turns out to be true, she’ll return for a sixth appearance.

    Silk #1 cover art (Artist: Dave Johnson, Photo via Marvel)

    Spider-Man: Homecoming may turn out to be the foundation for the heroes the MCU will focus on in its next phase. It’s already been confirmed that Miles Morales was mentioned in the movie, meaning he exists in the MCU even if he didn’t show up on screen. Now, there’s speculation that another hero could have made a small appearance in Homecoming, according to Comic Book Resources. Tiffany Espensen played a character named “Cindy,” leading many fans to speculate that she could be Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk.

    In the comics, Silk was bitten by the same radioactive spider that turned Peter Parker into Spider-Man. She was then warned that unless she went into hiding, grave danger would befall her. That was true. After spending more than a decade in a bunker, Peter Parker freed her, and she immediately had to contend with a supervillain family hunting down spider-people. She had her own comics series, which was one of Marvel’s best, until it was canceled after 26 issues. Silk still remains an important character in all the Spider-Man-related series.

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    In the movie, she appears to be there as an Easter egg for comics fans, for now. She either doesn’t have her spider-powers yet, or doesn’t want to use them. Not that it would have made the movie better if she did. Spider-Man: Homecoming was Peter Parker’s movie. Having another web-slinger show up would have confused audiences, and added nothing. Whether or not she is actually Silk, the most likely explanation for her appearance is Marvel planting seeds they can return to in the future. By implying that Cindy Moon exists in the MCU, they have something to build off of if they ever choose to make a Silk movie. Here’s hoping they do. Sony is probably going to want Spider-Man to themselves again at some point, and when that happens, it’d behoove Marvel to have another Wall-crawler on standby.

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