Tony Stark is hanging up his Iron Man boots and letting someone new take over, as Riri Williams will be replacing the billionaire inventor in a relaunch of the comic later this year.
Williams debuted in Invinicble Iron Man No. 7 in March as a teenage genius who builds her own version of the Iron Man suit at MIT. The young black character was creates by series writer Brian Michael Bendis — who also co-created Miles Morales, the popular half-Black, half-Latino Spider-Man who made his debut in 2011 — and artist Mike Deodato.
Williams’ ascension to Iron Man status shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Marvel has been making an effort to add more diversity to its cast of popular superheroes in recent years with the likes of the aforementioned Morales, as well as Jane Foster taking over as Thor in 2014, and Kamala Khan’s Ms. Marvel, the first Muslim character to ever headline a Marvel Comics series.
The fate of Tony Stark is currently up in the air, although things are admittedly not looking good for him based on the recently revealed cover for October’s Civil War II No. 7, which features Captain Marvel holding what could be a dead Iron Man over her head. At any rate, you can check out Riri Williams in the current Iron Man comic arc; the 11th issue hitting shelves today and features the future Iron Lady testing out her homemade armor.
(Source: Hollywood Reporter)