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NYCC: Disney writers praise Mary Jane Watson, Mantis, Monica Rambeau, younger heroes

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Oct 4, 2018, 4:09 PM EDT

With Star Wars, all the Disney classics, and the Marvel Universe, you’d be hard-pressed to find a property that the Walt Disney Company doesn’t have its fingers in. With the company’s foray into comics, TV, and movies, the different media the empire reigns over also shows off its creative breadth. Today the Disney Publishing panel at NYCC gave fans a sneak peek at all sorts of different titles emanating from the various imprints coming out of the company.

With speakers like The Devouring Gray’s Christina Lynn Herman, Sal & Gabby Break the Universe’s Carlos Hernandez, Powers of a Girl’s Lorraine Clink, The Adventurers Guild’s Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos, Sanity & Tallulah’s Molly Brooks, and Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon - Lando’s Luck author Justina Ireland, the panel kicked off with plenty of action.

A few trailers (even through the technical difficulties) set up forthcoming novelizations of the live-action Dumbo and Aladdin films. These novels, which have already been announced, offered details as scant as that of the movies themselves at the moment. On the Marvel side of things, a new Groot-based childrens book called First Day of Groot got an announcement as well as a tease that a super-tiny Ant-Man and the Wasp would be running throughout its pages.

Then the panelists took over, talking about the inspiration and ideation behind their new books. Clink singled out Mary Jane Watson as a particular hero that doesn't get enough love in the Marvel universe (despite her co-starring turn in the Spider-Man PS4 game). Mantis and Monica Rambeau also got a shout-out, while Ireland described the importance of a young princess changing Lando. She's also black because "black people don't survive in the Star Wars universe," laughed Ireland.

The panel focused on finding heroes in a younger place, especially those who inherit the problems of the previous generation - a timely aim as the Star Wars universe approaches the end of its new trilogy and the MCU nears the end of its current arc.

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