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The smartest Marvel superhero is now a 9-year-old black girl from New York

By WITW Staff on July 28, 2016

Meet Marvel’s smartest new superhero: a 9-year-old black girl from Manhattan, New York.

Marvel comic writers Brandon Montclair and Amy Reeder announced that the character of Lunella Lafayette — star of the Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur comic — will now officially be the smartest superhero in the Marvel Universe. Lunella is described as a super genius and carrier of the Inhuman gene in the comics. The previous heir to the “smartest superhero” throne was Reed Richards, the Fantastic Four’s Mister Fantastic.

“There’s always been a healthy debate about which super-genius is the smartest. Is it Tony Stark? Reed Richards? Victor Von Doom? Hank Pym? Amadeus Cho? The answer is gonna shock the Marvel Universe when it’s revealed to be 9-year-old Inhuman Lunella Lafayette,” Mark Paniccia, a senior editor at Marvel, told to BuzzFeed News.

Paniccia said the return of the series in October will show off Lunella’s new title and role, and that she will face “an impossible half-dozen science challenges” in which she will have to prove her smarts to save the world.

Read the full story at BuzzFeed News.


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