Never let it be said that social media can’t play a role in enacting change in the real world. After months of people clamouring for it to happen, a black woman is joining Marvel Comics’ ranks to pen a new ongoing series for Riri Williams (AKA Ironheart).
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Iron Man's replacement in Marvel's current comics, Riri Williams, was an MIT student before she started flying high as the Invincible Ironheart. So it's pretty damn awesome that a group of her real-life alumni have made their own fan film about the young hero and her life at the university.
Last month, Marvel Comics came under fire for a variant cover for the debut issue of Riri Williams in Invicible Iron Man by J. Scott Campbell, one decried for heavily sexualising the 15-year-old hero. The company rapidly pulled the cover from solicits with no replacement -- but Campbell drew a new cover that will now take its place.
Yesterday, Marvel announced that Tony Stark would be walking away from his latest suit of power armour. His replacement is going to be Riri Williams, a genius MIT student who isn't old enough to drink yet. (So no "Demon in a Bottle" storyline for her, I guess.)
It looked like Riri Williams was going to be the next War Machine, taking the spot of the recently deceased James Rhodes. But it turns out that the subplot involving the teenage genius will be going somewhere else entirely. Marvel says that Riri will be wearing red-and-gold power armour soon and becoming an Iron Person.