Tony Stark is a legendary superhero, especially nowadays thanks to the excellent Marvel films with the brilliant Robert Downey Jr, but of course he has a legacy going back way further than that.
However, it has been revealed that at the end of the comic book event series Civil War II, Tony Stark will step down as Iron Man, and will be replaced by young black girl Riri Williams.
According to Time, “Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.”
Apparently the inspiration for Riri is inspired by the story of a woman in Chicago when creator and writer of Iron Man Brian Michael Bendis was working on a failed TV show.
Bendis said: “And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life—just random street violence—and went off to college was very inspiring to me. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place.”
Bendis believes that some of his most die-hard fans will be willing to give this shake-up a shot, thanks to his other diverse characters such as Miles Morales and Jessica Jones.
“There was a part of an audience crawling through the desert looking for an oasis when it came to representation, and now that it’s here, you’ll go online and be greeted with this wave of love.”
To finish up, Bendis revealed that Iron Man is safe in Riri’s hands: “Her brain is maybe a little better than his [Tony’s]. She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique. He can’t help but go maybe I should buy her out.”