It was reported in July that the hero Iron Man moniker will be taken over from Tony Stark by fifteen-year-old prodigy Riri Williams-Williams makes her own version of the famous superhero’s suit. The website Wired now reports that Williams will have another title to her version of Iron Man. Williams has been named Ironheart.
The change of name was taken by writer Brian Michael Bendis which,according to him came out of a group discussion from editors:
“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” he says. “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.”
Bendis and artist Stefano Caselli will helm Ironheart’s beginning in Invincible Iron Man #1 although she was first introduced in the current issue of Invincible Iron Man.And although Tony Stark’s Iron Man will not be seen in the first issue, Ironheart’s A.I in the suit will be based on Stark’s personality. Tom Breevort, who’s editing the series say:
“Regardless of where he might be physically, he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
It should be noted that Ironheart is just another part of Marvel’s evolution of transforming traditional male superheroes into their female counterparts. Other revisions have included Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Jane Foster as the new Thor, and Amadeus Cho as the Hulk. About this sudden change of genders, Bendis said to Time magazine earlier this year:
“We never had a meeting saying, ‘We need to create this character.’ It’s inspired by the world around me and not seeing that represented enough in popular culture.”