Marvel Announced New Iron Man: Riri Williams, a 15-year old Black Woman

Move over Tony Stark…it looks like there might be a new Iron Man in town.

Marvel has announced that Riri Williams p, a 15-year old black woman, will be taking over as Iron Man (they’re still trying to think of a new name).  While Tony Stark will be stepping out of his suit at the end of Civil War II, Riri steps in to take his place.  Riri Williams is described as: after enrolling at MIT when she was only 15, Williams built her own Iron Man suit from scratch in her dorm and immediately attracted the attention of Stark.

Brian Michael Bendis, the writer who created Riri, recently told TIME, “As we’ve been slowly and hopefully very organically adding all these new characters to the Marvel Universe, it just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me.

Suggestions have been made as to who Marvel should cast as the role of Riri and as much as I love Amandla Stenberg, Kiersey Clemons, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Zendaya, the character is described and shown with darker skin.  Personally, I would love to see either Tika Sumpter, Lupita Nyong’o, or Serayah McNeill playing this role.  What are your thoughts?  Make sure you hit us up @SwaysUniverse and let us know what you think.


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