Recently, the news broke that at the end of comic-book title Civil War II, Tony Stark will be stepping out of his Iron man suit and a character named Riri Williams who is a black teenager will be taking over the mantle. She is a science prodigy who went to MIT on a scholarship at the age of 15, reverse-engineered Iron man suit in her dorm room and came to the attention of Tony Stark through an AI. Mike Deodato Jr., the co-creator, and artist behind Riri Williams revealed that the new female superhero is based on beautiful young actress Skai Jackson.
Tony Stark’s life is imploding as he came to know about the fact that Howard Stark is not his real father, Rhodey/ War Machine just died, Starks Industries is bankrupt, and he is not trusted by several members of Avengers particularly Captain Marvel.
Marvel revealed her name to be Ironheart. It said this to Wired “Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” writer Michael Bendis explains. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. 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.”
Many marvel fans are comparing this transition to Falcon donning the mantle of Captain America, but I totally disagree with them. Falcon is a trained fighter who was totally ready to be the successor, but she is a nerd who doesn’t know a thing about the real world. Can she fight Doctor Doom who is also announced as the Infamous Iron Man? She broke her armor when she tried to take down a couple of criminals. She would have to demonstrate her mettle to win the trust and confidence of people, Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D and the government. CHEERS!