Everything you need to know about Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”
âMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaurâ arrives on the Disney Channel and is an animated series adaptation of the Marvel comics created by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder and beautifully drawn by Natacha Bustos. The show’s executive producer, Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus from “The Matrix”), was a fan of the comic book’s predecessor, “Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur”.
After being introduced to comics by a Marvel executive, Fishburne decided to do a show based on the African-American superheroine and her fierce dinosaur partner. In 2018, news came that Marvel and Cinema Gypsy Productions were working on a “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” show that was set to air on the Disney Channel. In 2019, Marvel Entertainment announced the show to fans at D23 (Disney’s biggest fan ceremony).
If you’re unfamiliar with the scrappy kids’ super-genius and his giant red BFF, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Team Marvel.
When will Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” TV show be released?
Initially, the project was due out in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed production. Due to the pandemic, almost all of the production has been carried out remotely. Now the show is slated for release in February 2022.
What is Marvel’s âMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaurâ about?
The Marvel animation, “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur,” is adapted from the comic book of the same name which debuted in 2015. The graphic novels follow the story of 9-year-old Lunella Lafayette. Her classmates teasingly call her Moon Girl because of her intelligence.
Lunella feels misunderstood and alone when a portal to another dimension opens, freeing several Killer Folk (an evil tribe from the Moon Boy comic book series) and a giant red dinosaur in New York City. The dinosaur forms an instant bond with Lunella. They soon team up to fight the Killer Folk and become the heroes Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.
The comic features several cameos from other Marvel characters, like Amadeus Cho (Hulk), Doctor Strange, members of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Captain Marvel. However, it has not yet been confirmed which other Marvel heroes will be featured in the series.
Where does âMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaurâ take place?
There is more than one Marvel Universe. The Marvel Multiverse is made up of several different universes. For example, events from movies like “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Avengers: Endgame” take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) on Earth-199999. The “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” comics are set primarily in New York City on Earth-616 (the main universe of Marvel comics).
However, Devil Dinosaur actually comes from a separate universe. Earth-78411, also known as Dinosaur World, is the setting for the comic book “Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur” which debuted in 1978. During an altercation on the Night Stone, Moon Boy opens accidentally a portal to current Earth-616, which allows the events of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur to unfold.
Although Earth-616 is considered the main canon universe in Marvel comics, there is a horde of universes represented in various comics, TV shows, and movies. It is currently unclear whether the Disney show will take place in one of Marvel’s existing universes or create its own.
Who are the heroes of Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”?
Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl, is a bright and ambitious young girl who is too smart to get along with other kids her age. In fact, she is described as the smartest girl in the world. She dreams of becoming an inventor and creates her own weapons using things like soda cans. As Moon Girl, Lunella builds her own outfit, complete with a utility belt, retractable roller skates, and weapons like a stretchy boxing glove.
It’s unclear just how faithful the TV version of Moon Girl will be to the comics. However, we do know that it will feature an older version of the character. In the series, Lunella Lafayette, who is 9 years old in the comics, will be portrayed as a 13-year-old girl. Lafayette is voiced by Diamond White, who has previously done voice work for Disney on shows like “Phineas and Ferb”. She is also present in the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful”.
Devil Dinosaur is a T-rex from a prehistoric version of Earth called Dinosaur World. It gets its name from his red skin, resulting from burns he suffered as a child when the Killer Folk set his entire family on fire. The baby dinosaur was saved by Moon Boy. As the fire claimed the lives of his mother and siblings, he unlocked Devil Dinosaur’s mutant gene, giving him superpowers.
He fought the Killer Folk alongside Moon Boy until a portal sends him to present-day New York City, where he meets Lunella. He is extremely affectionate and protective of his best friend, sometimes even trying to lick her affectionately like a dog. Again, it’s unclear how much the TV version of Devil Dinosaur will have in common with the comedic version. The character will be voiced by Fred Tatasciore, who voiced the Hulk on several Marvel shows. He has also done extensive vocal work in video games like Mass Effect and Gears of War.
Who are the villains of Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur”?
In the comics, the team faces off against plenty of enemies, like the Killer Folk, Kid Kree, Mole Man, and even Doctor Doom – although it’s unclear which of them will be featured in the series.
However, it has been announced that the villain, The Beyonder (voiced by Laurence Fishburne), will have a recurring presence in the series. The character is an all-powerful being who can travel from dimension to dimension effortlessly. He’s one of the strongest characters in Marvel comics, even more powerful than villains like Thanos and Galactus. It’s even capable of destroying entire galaxies, which it does on occasion.
Given that Fishburne has previously described the vibe of Disney’s animated television as “light,” it’s likely that The Beyonder’s abilities will be toned down for Disney Channel. He’s almost certain he won’t destroy the galaxy, at least.
Where can you watch Marvel’s âMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaurâ?
You will be able to see Marvel’s “Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” on the Disney Channel. So far, it has not been confirmed whether the show will also be available to stream on Disney Plus or Disney Now.
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