Marvel Continues to Shun the X-Men, Decides that Squirrel Girl Is No Longer a Mutant

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - 4:22PM
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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - 4:22PM
Marvel Continues to Shun the X-Men, Decides that Squirrel Girl Is No Longer a Mutant
Since Marvel doesn't have the rights to the X-Men, they aren't even able to use the word "mutant" to describe the characters in the MCU. As a result, Marvel Comics is increasingly changing the origin stories of any characters that are owned by Marvel Studios, and Squirrel Girl is the latest addition to the "anything but mutant" roster.

Squirrel Girl doesn't talk about it much, because it's "embarrassing," but she's definitely a mutant, as she established in her very first comic:

Squirrel Girl Is No Longer a Mutant

But now, after the reboot of the Marvel Universe following Secret Wars, Marvel is jettisoning that origin story, as Doreen had DNA tests done that show she's- not a mutant. No, really, that's all the tests showed. There's no replacement origin story other than a vague reference to weird DNA:

Squirrel Girl Is No Longer a Mutant

It's pretty funny that Marvel is so blatantly distancing themselves from mutants just for the sake of it, but it also makes sense. The comics and the movies promote each other, so the more they write about mutants, the more they're promoting Fox's movies. I'm actually a little surprised they didn't go ahead and make Squirrel Girl an Inhuman, as that has quickly become the go-to mutant replacement origin in the MCU.

Could this mean that Marvel has plans to use Squirrel Girl in a cinematic property? They took a trademark out on her last year, which they usually only do if they're trying to protect an upcoming show, movie, or game. Plus, Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver recently lost their mutant origin story as well (they were established as the children of Magneto, but then he discovered he wasn't their father, and they recently confirmed that they don't have the mutant gene), which is likely intended to make them fit a little better into the MCU. We doubt that Marvel would ever use Squirrel Girl in one of their movies, as she's a little too unconventional for a big-budget blockbuster, but there's a chance she could show up in a Netflix series, especially since she once nannied for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
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