In case you haven’t heard, Marvel has plans to continue releasing movies and TV shows featuring its wide and varied cast of comic book characters. These plans will extend well into the administration of the next President of the United States of America. Much like the identity of our next President, which comic book characters will be brought to life next remains a mystery. Another similarity: Comic book pundits are offering insights and arguments about who might be coming to one of your many screens next. (Those pundits aren’t on CNN, though. They’re on the Internet, which is like CNN but with pornography.)
Yesterday, a number of sites began running stories about a recently-filed trademark registration for the kind-of obscure-but-also-kind-of-popular character Squirrel Girl. The registration was found by website Bleeding Cool, which makes the argument that Marvel only really bothers to do this if it has plans for one of its characters to make the jump to film or television. A search of the US Patent and Trademarks Office confirms that the filing found by Bleeding Cool is genuine—but it’s a trademark for printed materials, which is curious.
Regardless, the speculation here is that Marvel may want to bring one of its weirder characters to a TV show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Both would be good fits for the character—she’s far enough off the beaten path for S.H.I.E.L.D. to include without fear of messing with movie plans, and in the source material, she actually babysat for Jessica Jones once.
As of now, though this is just speculation—and pretty wild speculation, considering there’s a much simpler explanation for the trademark: Squirrel Girl is going to be in two episodes of Disney XD’s Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon this fall.
A Marvel representative wasn’t available for comment when EW reached out to Marvel for clarification.