Recently, the news came 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 will be taking over the mantle. She is a Black teenager, 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. She is speculated to make her debut in Iron Man 4 as well. In comics, Tony Stark’s personal life is imploding as he came to know about the fact that Howard Stark is not his real father, Rhodey/ War Machine has just died, Starks Industries is bankrupt, an inhuman is on the loose and Team Avengers doesn’t trust him.
But guess what, there is another character who will be claiming Tony Stark’s iconic role, apparently Marvel has revealed the identity of a new Infamous Iron Man and he is one of the most dangerous villains of Marvel comics – Doctor Doom. He had a brief stint as God during “Secret wars”, but he returned in Brian Michael’s Invincible Iron Man for possible redemption. Marvel’s text for the first issue says that “the greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom’s Master Plan?”
Tony Stark may formally endorse Riri Williams in the Invincible comics to don the mantle and continue his good work, as Doom can’t be trusted to honor his legacy. Well, Doctor Doom is now Iron Man in the Infamous comics which is reminiscent of Norman Osborne during old civil war pillaged Iron Man facilities and became Iron Patriot. Fans believe that Doctor Doom has turned a new leaf and wants to do good to the world post secret wars. This seems another attempt to reinvent his character but every time he crumbles down by his own weight or hubris.