“Tony Stark Is Alive, We Changed That,” Writer Challenges MCU For New Six-Episode Series

It’s hard to believe it’s been four years since Tom Holland’s Peter Parker uttered “Mr. Stark, I don’t feel so good” during the climactic battle of Avengers: Infinity War (2018). Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark/Iron Man would later sacrifice himself for the greater good, leaving Spider-Man to continue the journey his mentor set him on all those years ago.

Both popular Marvel characters will return in a six-episode series, appearing on Marvel’s new scripted podcast event, “Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show” from SiriusXM.

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Dropping today on multiple podcast platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts, “Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show” comes from Marvel Comics writer Ryan North. North previously worked on Squirrel Girl, real name Doreen Green, writing her first solo comic series, “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl,” with artist Erica Henderson. The comic debuted in 2015 before being rebooted to feature the mutant as part of “The New Avengers” initiative.

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New Marvel Podcast Features AT&T Commercial Actress Milana Vayntrub (Other space, It’s us). Vayntrub is reprising her role as Doreen Green from the Marvel Universe, AKA Squirrel Girl, for this new project. She voiced the talking squirrel superhero in the “Marvel Rising” franchise and in the unaired Marvel pilot for the New Warriors series from showrunner Kevin Biegel, which was to be part of Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show” is a direct continuation of the comic book series and, according to the podcast’s official synopsis, will feature a plethora of characters from the Marvel Comics catalog. It reads, in part (via Variety):

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Squirrel Girl defeated Thanos and Doctor Doom – but now she faces something much more terrifying… living authentically. The new series follows Empire State University student Doreen Green, who was recently introduced as a superhero – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

Hoping to unify her personalities in the public eye, Squirrel Girl created a new student radio show on ESU’s own college station. With the help of her best friend, Nancy Whitehead as producer, and her squirrel best friend, Tippy-Toe in the booth; Doreen is ready to help more people than ever with her greatest superhero tips…

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Rather interestingly, the synopsis and then the name drops some of the biggest Marvel Comics and MCU heroes that will be showing up in New York:

And when the going gets tough, she can always lean on her heroic friends: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi and Brain Drain.

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Marvel hasn’t revealed in what capacity the iconic Avengers, Iron Man and Spider-Man, appear, but they’re both featured extensively in marketing materials for director Giovanna Sardelli’s podcast series, with original music by Justin. Huertas and Steven Tran. Speaking to Variety, North explains how the podcast is meant to be as accessible as possible for all types of Marvel fans. He said:

“…I know a lot of people’s experience with Marvel is through the movies. So the three levels are like, keep the comic going, make it accessible to new readers, and also people who haven’t seen the movies, let’s try to make it click with them as much as possible too. The main idea was, let’s not contradict them if we don’t have to. So Tony Stark is alive, we changed that because I love Tony Stark and I don’t kill him in the podcast. But everything else is done to make it easy, familiar and accessible.

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Squirrel Girl, whose mutant power is to communicate with squirrels, was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko, first appearing in “Marvel Super-Heroes Winter Special” (1991). The character has been part of the Avengers and the Great Lakes Avengers and has crossed paths with Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. For more Squirrel Girl stories ahead of the podcast, Marvel.com reveals:

And for fans who want even more Doreen Green, North has penned an all-new vertical Squirrel Girl comic that launches today on Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital subscription service. The SQUIRREL GIRL INFINITY COMIC one-shot, which is a prequel to the podcast, is now available on the Infinity Comics exclusive format app.

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As for Iron Man and Spider-Man, the former’s legacy is likely to continue in the Iron Man spin-off series, Stone heart starring Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, while the latter is relatively unknown. With Marvel Studios’ MCU and Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man universe merging, Holland could appear in either franchise. However, the actor said he is looking to try other career avenues and projects in the near future. After Spider-Man: No Coming Home (2021), Holland’s last feature film was Sony Unexplored (2022).

The first episode of Radio Point’s “Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show” is available now wherever you get your Marvel Podcasts.

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