Later this year, Tony Stark will officially be handing off the Iron Man mantle to 15-year-old MIT student, Riri Williams, a character who’s been recreating her own Iron Man armors based on Tony Stark’s technology in the current Invincible Iron Man run, eventually attracting the attention of the billionaire genius himself. However, despite taking over the role with her very own suit of armor, it doesn’t look like Williams will be continuing all of Tony’s Iron Man legacy… specifically, the superhero name.
Wired has revealed this morning that instead of the teenage girl calling herself Iron Man (can’t imagine why she’d have a problem with that, right?) she’ll instead be known as Ironheart, a name that apparently came about after the creative team had played around with a number of other predictable monikers for Williams, and comes courtesy of Marvel CCO Joe Quesada.
Series writer Brian Michael Bendis talked about choosing the name with the following:
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.
You can check out the official Invincible Iron Man #1 cover by Stefano Caselli below, as well as the final variant cover by STEAM below:
In addition to the character’s new name, it was also revealed that while Tony Stark will be physically giving up on the role of Iron Man, he’ll still be there to always give her advice and help her out with her missions… literally. According to Wired‘s report, the A.I. that’s built into Riri’s suit will actually be based on Tony’s personality, which means that Riri won’t have to go very far to talk to her new mentor (kind of).
This still doesn’t give us any idea of what exactly will happen to Tony Stark after Civil War II, though I imagine some of you already have your theories. It’ll probably take a little adjustment period before we get used to the new Ironheart name as well, though I think we can all agree on how weird it would have been if the comics had just kept calling her Iron Man, considering you know, that’s a 15-year-old girl inside of that suit now.
Invincible Iron Man #1 goes on sale later this Fall.
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