Last month, Marvel Revealed the Iron Man role was going to be passed on to a 15 year old female who happens to be a black genius. As expected, Riri Williams wasn't going to keeping the Iron Man title. Just recently, as reported by Wired, she will be going by Ironheart.
Williams’ first appearance in the Marvel Universe was back in May when she was introduced to us in Invincible Iron Man #9 where she created her own Iron Man suit in her dormitory at MIT and later got kicked out of school. According to Verge, Wired reports that Williams will get a proper introduction with the first issue of the next Invincible Iron Man volume coming out this fall, with Stark officially endorsing her new superhero role.
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Invincible Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis spoke to Wired about the choice of name, saying the team had dismissed Iron Woman as "old fashioned". "Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare," said Bendis. "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."
This isn’t the first time a woman or a person of colour is taking on the Iron Man role, the introduction of her character only shows Marvel Universe’s attempt at being more diverse and inclusive. And for those who will miss Tony Stark, he isn’t completely going away; his personality is living on as part of Ironheart. He is reportedly going to form the basis of the new armor’s Artificial Intelligence.