Marvel has announced their new Iron Man, and the name may need to be changed to Iron Woman. Riri Williams is the new Iron Man, and the exciting news is that she is 15 year old African American girl attending M.I.T. This has fans quite happy, and it has been in keeping with what appears to be Marvel’s push for more diversity on their pages. Over the past few years, Marvel has shown us a female Thor, a Muslim-American Ms Marvel, and a half-black, half hispanic Spider-Man.
Bringing this heroine to life is none other than Brian Michael Bendis, with Stefano Caselli inking the books. In an interview with Time magazine, Bendis credits the creation of Miles Morales (Spider-Man), Khamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), and the female Thor (Jane Foster) for helping in the creation and formation of Riri Williams. Bendis also goes on to say that Riri Williams was just an average girl living in a tough neighborhood that has narrowly escaped the typical fates that befall most inner city youths.
This is a time of great turmoil in the Iron Man universe, with Tony Stark having just lost his best friend, his company is on the verge of collapse, and he’s even learning who his biological parents might be. And then, he catches wind of a 15 year college student who reverse engineered one of his old suits in her dorm room. Not much has been revealed yet, save for a panel in which Tony is talking to himself in his lab about Riri herself. It’s expected that Riri’s time as Iron Man will start after the events of Civil War II.
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