What a perfect name for the perfect girl!
Just last month we brought you the amazing news of Marvel‘s Tony Stark aka Iron Man stepping down from his role and bestowing the job to a much younger and different prodigy and her name is Riri Williams, a 15-year old African-American girl who is a science genius. And to go with her new job, Riri has received a new name – she will be known as Ironheart.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis revealed in an interview that he and his editors went back and forth on the name decision.
“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some. 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.”
Riri Williams, who enrolled at MIT at just 15, reverse-engineered a suit of power armor in her dorm room—but that doesn’t mean Tony Stark won’t be part of the Iron Man ethos: Riri’s in-armor A.I. will based on Tony’s own personality. “Regardless of where he might be physically,” says Tom Breevort, who’s editing the series, “he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.” How dope is that!
I am so excited and anxious for the first book to drop. It’s about time the Marvel Universe got behind a project like this one. Riri Williams is already an inspiration and role model to little girls who look just like her and all we’ve got as of right now is a basic premise and a photo. I for one am thrilled that we are living in a time where we finally get an African-American superheroine.
Are you as excited as I am for Riri Williams’ debut?
Written By: Monique C. Tillman