It was announced recently that in Marvel the new Iron Man wouldn’t actually be a man at all, but a woman instead. Actually, a teenage girl to be exact—a young African-American MIT student (and tech genius) named Riri Williams, who fashions her own powerful suit of armor based on that of Tony Stark’s. And although Riri Williams still plans on taking over the comic book title The Invincible Iron Man this fall, she won’t be inheriting Stark’s superhero alias in the actual comic. According to Wired, Riri Williams will instead be using the new name Ironheart.
According to series writer Brian Michael Bendis, “Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some. Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by [Marvel CCO] Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”
So what becomes of Tony Stark that anyone even has to take over for him as Iron Man? He will have a presence in Invincible Iron Man as Riri’s in-armor A.I., which will be based on Tony’s own personality. Essentially, Tony will be Riri’s J.A.R.V.I.S. According to editor Tom Breevort, “Regardless of where he might be physically, he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
What do you think of the name?