Marvel's New Young Female Iron Man Will Be Named Ironheart, and Other Details
Marvel recently revealed that Tony Stark would be stepping away from Iron Man in the comics and that he would be replaced by a 15-year-old MIT student named Riri Williams, who is a genius that already built her own set of armor in her dorm room.
Marvel has revealed to Wired that the name of her version of Iron Man will be Ironheart. They've also provided some new art for us to check out. The transition of this character into her new role will start in this fall's Invincible Iron Man #1 which will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and the art will be created by Stefano Caselli. When talking about coming up with and using the name Ironheart, Bendis says:
“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."
It's also revealed that Riri's armor will pay tribute to Stark, as the A.I. used for the suit will be based on Stark's personality. Tom Breevort, who’s editing the series, says that “regardless of where he might be physically, he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.” That should make things fun.
I like the idea of Ironheart. I hope that this turns out to be a character that fans will love. At this point we have no idea if she will be a hit or miss, but I'll definitely start following her story with my kids. I've got a couple of young girls looking for new female superheroes they can look up to. I'm curious to see how this character grows and develops in the Marvel universe.