Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur is headed to TV as a new Marvel animated series from Disney and Laurence Fishburne. In the years since The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment, the film side of the MCU has skyrocketed while more and more TV series have appeared across all networks. For years, rumors have flown about new projects coming to TV, especially a mysterious John Ridley Marvel show that’s been in development for quite some time. Meanwhile, last year saw the debut of The Punisher, Inhumans, and Runaways, and Cloak & Dagger will join them later this year. Plus, Marvel is still working on a New Warriors show that will likely premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.
Along with the live-action fare, a slew of animated series have emerged on Disney XD, focusing on Spider-Man, The Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But while those big names are obvious choices, Marvel has a whole bunch of family-friendly heroes that would be perfect for the less-restricted world of animation. Ms. Marvel is a leading candidate as she’s been a big hit in the comics and on Avengers Assemble. But for now, another new Inhuman will be coming to TV.
Deadline reports that Disney Channels Worldwide is developing an animated series based around Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Lunella Lafayette debuted back in 2016 and was quickly recognized as the smartest person in the Marvel world. She was soon revealed to be a NuHuman, with her power allowing her and the prehistoric Devil Dinosaur to swap minds. The comic has been an especially big hit with young readers, so it’s no wonder a cartoon is in the works.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will be produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland, the creatives behind black-ish and grown-ish. The pair have developed a number of projects together with ABC, and the animated series should be an exciting new direction. Of course, audiences had a hint that something like this was coming ever since Fishburne teased a mysterious Marvel project. Interestingly, that meeting involved Fishburne pitching another project to Marvel that apparently involved too much legal red tape. Instead, Marvel brought Fishburne aboard Ant-Man & The Wasp as Dr. Bill Foster and then pitched him on what’s now been revealed as the Moon Girl series.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur isn’t the only interesting series Marvel is working on involving some of their new characters. Mirroring the team’s line-up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and in recent comics, a new Secret Warriors animated movie and series of digital shorts is in the works. That will see characters like Squirrel Girl, Quake, and Ms. Marvel take center stage, as Marvel looks to tap into younger audiences and female comic fans.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will air on either Disney Channel, Disney XD or Disney Junior.
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