Ditch the suit, Tony Stark. The iron man now belongs to a lovely, 15-year-old, lady! Marvel just announced that Riri Williams, a 15-year-old MIT student will be putting on the suit next!
Meet Riri, a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. Tony Stark — played by Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man films — notices her when she starts building her own suit in her dorm room. So, how did the whole idea of Riri Williams come about? Well, creator and write Brian Michael Bendis broke down the process — and why he knows it’ll work.
“This story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life—just random street violence—and went off to college was very inspiring to me,” Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis told TIME magazine. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or super-heroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place.
For comic book fans, seeing her won’t be a surprise — just seeing her in the uniform will. “In the latest issue of Iron Man, Tony is in a lab talking to himself, and he’s already aware that there’s some student at M.I.T. that’s reverse-engineered one of his old armors all by herself in her dorm room. He’s aware of her immediately,” Brian said. “One of the things Tony does to distract himself from all the things going on in his life is he goes to find this young woman who is flying around the middle of America in an armor that’s not completely made to try to find out what her deal is.”
He’s also well aware that he’s facing some criticism. “When you’re introducing new characters, you’re always going to have people getting paranoid about us ruining their childhood,” he said. “I’ve been down this road with Miles Morales, Jessica Jones, Maria Hill. I knew I was in good hands with Mike Deodato and other artists who are helping visualize Riri.”
Well, we’d agree — what we’ve seen is awesome. So, do you think it’s a good idea? Read some great fan reactions below, then let us know!
"Iron Man is going to be a Black woman?! Effing sweet." — the correct response
— Nerdista (@Nerdista) July 6, 2016
Marvel: Introducing Riri, a 15 years old girl to the Marvel Universe!
Me: Cool! So who is she?
Marvel: The new Iron Man!
— Zaratos (@francesco734) July 6, 2016
iron man is a 15 year black girl? LETS GET IT
— Shyne Coldchain Jr. (@Smooth_Orator) July 6, 2016
i'm all for a black female iron man but if that means the disappearance of tony stark i'm going to be very upset don't test me
— ri ㅤ (@softshum) July 6, 2016