Looks like Tony Stark will be hanging up his shiny red suit and allowing someone else to take over the whole saving-the-world thing. Who could possibly fill such big rocket boots though? Marvel’s answer: 15-year-old genius, Riri Williams. She’s female, she’s African American, she’s a teenage MIT student and she reverse-engineered her own Iron Man suit. Basically, she’s about as bad ass as they come.
Don’t worry, Robert Downey Jr. lovers, we’re talking about the comic books (but for the record, RDJ tweeted his approval). According to a Marvel announcement, in the upcoming Civil War II comic, Tony Stark will be walking away from his super alter ego for a currently unknown reason (please not death!) to be replaced by the MIT student. Readers of the comics will have already met Riri earlier this year in INCREDIBLE IRON MAN, but she’s about to get a whole lot more important. Stark is incredibly impressed with the young genius not only because she manages to hack into his tech, but she is also much smarter than he was at that age (duh, Stark was an adult when he put together his first suit and figured out that whole arc reactor thing). Girl power!
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF… pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016
Riri may be wildly different from the Iron Man we’re used to but it seems she has the hero traits that really matter like a super-sharp mind and a super desire to make the world a better place.
Feedback is looking pretty positive so far, with many people acknowledging how great the representation is.
“Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15.”
New Iron Man is a black teen girl. Today is great. https://t.co/s5VRwSABCb
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) July 6, 2016
SHE’S NOT JUST A BLACK GIRL THOUGH, SHE’S DARKSKINNED WITH BIG CURLY NATURAL HAIR, SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL I’M GONNA CRY #RiriWilliams
— riri williams stan (@fiImshoe) July 6, 2016
— Brichibi Cosplays (@BrichibiTweets) July 6, 2016
Seriously, how excited are we to see the new Iron Man (Iron Woman?) in action?
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