Marvel Comics has revealed its new female Iron Man.
Step aside Tony Stark. Riri Williams, a 15-year-old science student will be the new female Iron Man. The new female Iron Man has built her own version of Tony Stark’s iconic Iron Man suit in her dorm room at the Massachusetts Institution of Technology (MIT). She will take over from Tony Stark who, according to Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis, will step down and out of the Iron Man suit when Civil War II ends.
Riri Williams made her first appearance in Invincible Iron Man 07. She will make her official debut as the new female Iron Man (no news on what she will be officially called) by the end of 2016.
Riri Williams is not only a massive step forward for females bridging the gender gap in comic books and geek entertainment, but also for race equality as she is a girl of colour. This is a super refreshing changing of pace in the comic book world which was historically dominated by white men wearing their underwear on the outside. She joins Jane Foster who is the new Thor and Carol Danver who has been Captain Marvel as these female versions take over popular comic book franchises. It has also recently been unveiled that Gal Gadot landed her own Wonder Woman movie after kicking absolute ass in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Robert Downey Jr., the actor who portrays Tony Stark/Iron Man in the big screen adaptation, took to Twitter to praise the new direction the Iron Man story is taking.
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF… pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016
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