Move over Iron Man, there’s a new kid on the block who’s going to steal your shine!
Normally when it comes to the Marvel Universe and it comes to brains, we immediately yell the name of Tony Stark, who is also know as superhero, Iron Man, or even Reed Richards, who doubles as the superhero, Mr. Fantastic! However, according to an announcement made at San Diego Comic-Con, the smartest hero in the Marvel Universe is neither Iron Man, Mr. Fantastic, or any of the other superheroes that might have claimed that title in the past. The smartest hero in all of Marvel is now a little black girl named Lunella Lafayette. (Yaaaaaaas for #BlackGirlMagic!)
Lunella is the main character in the ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur‘ comics, which is a remake of ‘Devil Dinosaur‘, a classic graphic novel that follows a T-Rex that is magically transported to modern day NYC. In the new version, Lunella replaces the original hero, Moon Boy, and she eventually teams up with the monstrous dino. Part of what makes Lunella so smart is the fact that she carries an “inhuman gene,” and she also is a skillful engineer.
BuzzFeed spoke to Marvel senior editor Mark Paniccia about what’s in store for Lunella in the upcoming issues of the series. Mark said that,
“In the third arc of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Lunella faces an impossible half-dozen science-challenges that might not only prove her smarts, but also save the world.”
I love how Marvel is stepping their gang up and adding a variety of character to the mix. The new additions of Lunella Lafayette and Riri Williams who is set to take over Iron Man’s throne as the new character Ironheart is definitely well overdue and it gives both power and encouragement to young Black girls who don’t see themselves portrayed so positively. Kudos Marvel!
REPRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING!!!
Written By: Monique C. Tillman