Yesterday, Brian Michael Bendis and the rest of the creative execs at Marvel Comics made a huge announcement when they revealed that following the events of Civil War II, Tony Stark would be hanging up his Iron Man suit, and turning away from his full time adventuring. In addition, a 15-year-old black female MIT student named Riri Williams would be taking over for Tony as the Iron Man hero, a character who had been seen several times in the recent Invincible Iron Man issues.
Already on her way to being smarter than Tony Stark as well, Williams has managed to reverse-engineer one of Tony’s old suits as a college student with a significantly limited supply of materials at her disposal. Our first look at what her official Iron Man costume is going to be has been revealed today though, and it seems to be an interesting combination between Tony’s suit, with an added twist for the Williams character.
Check out the new suit’s design below:
Designed by series artist Stefano Caselli, Williams will be leading her own series when Invincible Iron Man relaunches later this Fall, in a first issue written by Bendis, illustrated by Caselli,with promo art done by Jeff Dekal.
Following the traumatic events in Civil War II, it sounds like a change in direction and leadership might be just the thing that the Iron Man character could need moving forwards, and Williams is already on her way to being a very different version of the hero than Tony ever was, coming from different origins but with a similar attitude, it seems like. Seeing how she and Tony interact, and how he comes to pass the mantle to her should be an interesting story beat for Tony as well, considering his typical, egotistical attitude.
Though if anyone was going to be his replacement, a 15-year-old female prodigy does seem like a fairly fitting choice, doesn’t it?
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