Marvel Comic’s New Iron Man is a Black Teen Girl Named Riri

Marvel Comic's New Iron Man is a Black Teen Girl Named RiriMarvel Comics continues to beef up in their diversity department.

Marvel is reintroducing their Iron Man character as a girl, to be exact the new Iron Man is a black teen girl named Riri Williams.

Following the events that transpired in the Civil War II comic-book series, Tony Starks is stepping out of his Iron Man Suit. And in a girl-power turn of events, a 15-year-old genius MIT student named Riri Williams will reverse-engineer the suit in her dorm room and become the new Starks.

Via Shadow and Act:

The comic-book version of Tony Stark will be shedding the Iron Man suit and Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl, will be stepping in. Following the events of the Civil War II comics, Tony Stark gave up the Iron Man suit, allowing science genius Riri Williams — who reverse-engineered her own Iron Man suit out of her MIT dorm room — to don it instead.

Williams was created by Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, who has helped diversify Marvel’s cast of characters with Miles Morales and Jessica Jones, as part of the relaunch of “Invincible Iron Man,” a flagship series in the more diverse Marvel NOW! era.

“I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or super heroine story I had ever heard… It just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural-born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me.”

Bendis said in an interview with Time magazine online about Riri’s ascension to Iron Man successor resulting from her decision to take charge of her life using her scientific skills, after being a victim of a random act of street violence.

Bendis does hint that Tony Stark is aware of Riri and that their paths may cross, either in the “Civil War” series or when Riri makes her debut in “Invincible Iron Man” #1 in the fall.

It’s noted in the Time piece that Riri is still working on the name for herself, so she likely won’t be called Iron Man.


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