Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, writers Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare, and artist Natacha Bustos, confirmed that the Devil Dinosaur character (originally created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in 1978) will be joining Moon Girl, a teenager of African descent named Lunella Lafayette. See more details after the break!
From what the creators have said, it sounds like Moon Girl will not have any super powers or physical abilities but will rather get by on her wits and brainpower. Reeder describes her as a “female Inspector Gadget – only this time, she also knows what she’s doing.”
From the original story, he had a sidekick Moon-Boy, a hairy creature first to the evolutionary finish line of human intelligence on Dinosaur World (the planet where the comic was set). He came across Devil Dino when the rest of his family was killed by the less advanced beings that co-inhabited the planet, and the two became inseparable friends.
Devil Dino doesn’t have many powers other than the physical abilities you would expect from a dinosaur, plus the intelligence of a human. Paired with a whiz-kid like Moon Girl, it could potentially be a powerful combination!
What does this mean for movies?
Well, we know Marvel’s got a full plate for the next couple years and then some, and this likely won’t be officially on a movie slate until Marvel gets some reception back from readers.
However, this could potentially open up a whole new audience of comic book fans for the brand. The new series will help Marvel continue to break ground into a less whitewashed hero set (see Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, and Black Panther in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War) as well as into a younger generation. Assistant editor Emily Shaw mentioned with the addition of Moon Girl, “we wanted to create something that adults and kids could really love, like a Pixar feel. That’s where the tone jumped off for us.”
A Marvel super hero movie with Pixar undertones? I doubt there’s a studio out there that would pass that up.