Marvel Entertainment is bringing another of its characters off the comic pages into podcast listeners ears. It is partnering with SiriusXM to introduce a six-episode podcast built around its Squirrel Girl character. The series brings the Empire State University college student, Doreen Green, who has recently been outed as a super hero into a new challenge: being a radio host.
In the podcast titled Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show!, the story takes its expected crime-laden twist when her college radio show receives a suspicious caller who wreaks havoc on New York.
“For me, a lot of the fun of the project initially was getting to work in a new medium, one where everything that happened had to be communicated through sound,” says series writer Ryan North. “Of course, once we started recording, my favorite part was hearing the actors bring these characters to life.”
The series stars actress Milana Vayntrub -- probably best known for her AT&T commercials -- as Squirrel Girl. It also features performances by actors Crystal Lucas Perry (Nancy Whitehead), Leo Sheng (Koi Boi), Davied Morales(Chipmunk Hunk), Peter Hermann (Brain Drain), Erica Schroeder (Tippy T. Squirrel), and Tina Benko (Rachel Oskar).
“Milana and Crystal are Doreen and Nancy, and the way Leo and Davied and Peter brought Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk, and Brain Drain to life was just exceptional.” says North. “The podcast continues right where the comics left off, so long-time fans will feel instantly at home, but it's also built for new people who maybe have never encountered the world of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl before.”
This is not North’s first foray into writing Squirrel Girl. His comic series had a four-year run and garnered a devoted fan following until it published its 58th and final issue in Nov. 2019. Like the comics, Marvel says the podcast series has Squirrel Girl’s same uber-positive, fun-loving tone that fans have come to know and love. And for fans who want even more of Doreen Green, North wrote an all-new Squirrel Girl vertical comic tie-in which has launched today on Marvel Unlimited, its digital comic subscription service. The Squirrel Girl Infinity Comic is a prequel to the podcast.
The first episode of Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show! has been released on all podcast platforms. Fans can get early access to future episodes via the SXM App or by subscribing to Marvel Podcasts Unlimited on Apple Podcasts.
Future episodes will be available exclusively on the SXM App and Marvel Podcasts Unlimited for one week before being available widely on all major podcast platforms in the U.S.
The six-episode podcast series is directed by Giovanna Sardelli, and has original music by Justin Huertas and Steven Tran. The series is produced in association with Radio Point by Bernie Kaminski from Radio Point, and Brad Barton, MR Daniel, Zachary Goldberg, and Larissa Rosen from Marvel. It’s executive produced by Alex Bach and Houston Snyder from Radio Point and Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, Daniel Fink, Lorraine Cink, Stephen Wacker, Ellie Pyle, and Jill DuBoff from Marvel.