There’s a new Iron Man in town — and she’s not a man, not yet a woman. Marvel announced Wednesday that 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 into his big, metal shoes.
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 worked on expanding Marvel’s cast of minority characters with Miles Morales, Jessica Jones and Maria Hill, as part of the relaunch of Invincible Iron Man, a flagship series in the more diverse Marvel NOW! era. Riri’s character design was drawn by book artist Stefano Caselli.
Riri made her first appearance in Invincible Iron Man #7 by Mike Deodato.
In an interview with Time, Bendis said that Riri’s ascension to Iron Man successor resulted from her taking charge of her life through her scientific skills after her life was tragically marred by random street violence.
Source: USA Today | Hoai-Tran Bui