It was announced a while ago that someone new would be stepping into the armor suit of Iron Man. That would be 15-year-old prodigy, Riri Williams.
The news of this set message boards and comment sections on fire with many dividing opinions on the new character, some taking issue as to a young woman being called Iron Man.
Riri will no longer be referred to as Iron Man now, but as Ironheart when she puts on the armor she made in her MIT dorm room. Riri recently got Tony’s attention with a test flight of her new armor in the latest Invincible Iron Man issue, thus further planting the seeds for Riri.
Invincible Iron Man writer and Riri’s creator, Brian Michael Bendis revealed to Wired that he got together with a group of editors for a discussion. Iron Woman was deemed to be old fashioned and that naming her Iron Maiden would have been a legal nightmare, no doubt since the legendary heavy metal band may have had something to say about that.
It was actually Joe Quesada that came up with the Ironheart name, Bendis said.
“And Ironheart, coined by 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.”
While Riri may be our new hero, that doesn’t mean Tony Stark is going away anytime soon. Riri’s suit A.I. is going to be based around Tony and his personality.
Marvel Executive Editor Tom Breevort adding,
“Regardless of where he might be physically, he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
This is the latest change to a long time Marvel hero that expands the universe with Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Jane Foster taking on the mantle of Thor, Amadeus Cho becoming the Hulk, and of course Miles Morales’ Spider-Man. Such changes and new characters aren’t always met with open arms, such as Riri’s recent announcement yet again commenting on her race as an African-American. Such online comments and backlash doesn’t clearly bother them with Bendis stating how she was inspired by the world around him and how it isn’t represented enough in popular culture.
What do you think of the new name, like it or not? You excited for Riri Williams? Let us know in the comments below!
Riri Williams blasts off in the brand new Invincible Iron Man this fall from Marvel Comics.