Meet the cast of Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

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Lunella Lafayette is about to take the Marvel Universe by storm, and she’ll do it alongside her giant pet dinosaur. Bad guys, I hope you’ve been eating your Wheaties because Moon Girl is about to break a roller skate off in your collective asses. You’re about to learn that crime doesn’t pay and that justice often wears a boxing glove and high-tech goggles.

Entertainment Weekly has debuted a first look at the characters for Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Based on the Marvel comic by Any Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos, Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will “follow the adventures of nine-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette, an African-American girl who teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and uses her smarts to save the day.” The new images give us a great look at Lunella, Devil Dinosaur, Lunella’s family, her manager, and the show’s iconic villain, The Beyonder. Each character comes with a detailed description of who they are and how they relate to the show’s pint-sized heroine.

Lunella Lafayette, Moon Girl

Moon Girl (Diamond White)
Described as one of the smartest people in the Marvel universe (which as we know is really saying a lot), 13-year-old Lunella Lafayette protects her beloved Lower East Side community as the roller-skating, gadget-wielding superhero known as Moon Girl.

Devil Dinosaur, Moon Girl, Marvel

Devil Dinosaur (Fred Tatasciore)
Devil Dinosaur is like a 10-ton dog: he’s playful, fiercely loyal and utterly driven by his appetite. As Moon Girl’s partner (and family), he contributes muscle, teeth, claws, cunning, and an excellent sniffer.

Adria, Moon Girl

Adria (Sasheer Zamata)
Lunella’s mom, Adria, is a social activist and musician who serves as the DJ at Roll With It, the family-owned roller-skating rink.

James Jr., Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur

James Jr. (Jermaine Fowler)
Lunella’s dad, James Jr., is an optimistic and unconventional businessman. He and his family run Roll With It, the last roller-skating rink in New York City. “Roll with it” also happens to be James’ personal credo, as he always looks on the bright side of life.

Mimi, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur

Mimi (Alfre Woodard)
Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi, is the family’s rock. She suffers no fools and guides all – particularly Lunella – with gentle reminders and advice. But act foolishly or get on her bad side and she’ll set you straight with one of her patented zingers.

Pops, Moon Girl, Marvel

Pops (Gary Anthony Williams)
Pops is Lunella’s cool grandpa and the proud owner of Roll With It. He is a clever tinkerer and meticulous craftsman, constructing custom skates and reviving old pairs until they’re better than new.

Casey, Moon Girl, Devil Dinosaur

Casey (Libe Barer)
A 13-year-old Puerto Rican-Jewish powerhouse, Casey is Moon Girl’s manager and best friend. Her mission is to make Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur the most beloved superheroes around.

The Byonder, Laurence Fishburne

The Beyonder (Laurence Fishburne)
The Beyonder is a curious, mischievous, mercurial being. He’s a comedically impish and self-centered trickster. While the all-knowing, all-powerful Beyonder is brilliant when it comes to the makeup of matter and the universe, he is clueless about humans.

As a major fan of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur from the very beginning, I can’t wait to meet them and the rest of the cast. Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comic was a delight when it was stomping onto shelves. While I admit that Lunella can be full of herself on the best of days, I suppose that can happen when you’re the smartest character in the Marvel Universe. I’m anxious to see how Disney will portray Lunella, including her attitude and aptitude for solving problems on the fly. Marvel has a major opportunity to position Lunella as a strong female protagonist, and I hope they take advantage of the opportunity.

“I am overjoyed to share a little Black Girl Magic with the debut of Lunella Lafayette, her family, Devil Dinosaur, Casey, and The Beyonder,” Fishburne said in a statement. “We at Cinema Gypsy Productions and Disney Television Animation hope that Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will be a family favorite and an inspiration to the younger generations.”

Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur will premiere this summer on Disney Channel and subsequently on Disney+ as well.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

About the Author

Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.