Earlier this week, Brian Michael Bendis made serious waves in the comic book fandom when he revealed that Tony Stark would be leaving his full time adventuring as Iron Man, and passing the iconic mantle to Riri Williams, a 15-year-old female black MIT student who has appeared in some of the recent Invinicble Iron Man issues. Williams will reportedly take over for Tony Stark following the events in Civil War II later this year.
Predictably, the comic book fandom has been split in the days since the announcement, between those who support it and those who don’t, but it looks like Riri Williams just got a very notable endorsement from someone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Robert Downey Jr., a.k.a. the real life version of Tony Stark who plays the character in the films right now, shared his excitement for the news on Twitter recently:
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF… pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016
Ever since the announcement, the last five issues of Invincible Iron Man (which feature Williams) have been selling predictably faster than even before, and with RDJ’s endorsement, it’s hard not to be excited for Williams’ take on the character, and seeing her relationship with Tony in the comics begin and grow moving forwards.
Riri Williams will have her first solo issue of Invincible Iron Man later this Fall.
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