Warning: This post will contain minor spoilers about Marvel’s Civil War II…
While the current run is only halfway through its story, Brian Michael Bendis and co. have revealed one of the more important changes that fans can look forward to seeing happen in the post-Civil War II era of the Marvel comics right now, though the writer and creative team promise it won’t spoil the overall outcome of the conflict itself. It looks like Tony Stark will be done with his full time adventuring though, and we now know who is replacement will be.
During a recent interview with Time, Bendis revealed that 15-year old, Riri Williams, will be taking over the Iron Man mantle for Tony Stark after Civil War II, the character who had seemingly been popping up more and more in the Invincible Iron Man series, though many had assumed she would be the new War Machine, following James Rhoades’ death.
Bendis explained why Stark will be taking off his armor once and for all though, after Civil War II:
“We’re in the middle of a very big Tony Stark storyline — actually three storylines converging. His best friend died, his company is collapsing and he’s finding out who his biological parents were all at the same time. That’s stressful for a character who is wired the way Tony is wired and has dependency issues the way Tony does. It creates a path or Riri Williams, who Tony will know and will be interacting with very shortly in the comics.”
For those of you who don’t know or might need a refresher as well, Williams is a 15-year old MIT student who reverse-engineered one of Tony Stark’s old Iron Man armors. As for how Stark and Williams will meet and come together though, Bendis teased the following:
“In the latest issue of Iron Man, Tony is already aware that there’s some student at MIT who has reverse-engineered one of his old armors all by herself in her dorm room. He’s aware of her immediately. To distract himself from all the things going on in his life is he goes to find this young woman who is flying around the middle of America in an armor that’s not completely made to try to find out what her deal is. He’s also aware that this young woman is flying by him in terms of how quickly she’s doing it. Her brain is maybe a little better than his.”
If he was going to actually take a break from the Iron Man armor, then I imagine a 15-year old girl who’s already on her track to being smarter than he is (as Bendis hints at above), might just be the perfect person for the job. Seeing how she and Stark meet and interact with each other, especially with Tony being the egotist that he is, should prove to be an interesting meet up in the coming issues as well. For now though, at least we know who our next Iron Man will be.
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