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Meet Riri Williams, the new Iron Man

by Brandon Russell | July 6, 2016July 6, 2016 12:00 pm PDT


There’s going to be a new Iron Man. Well, woman. But the name Iron Man is sticking around for now.

Marvel on Wednesday revealed RiRi Williams, a 15-year-old genius who built an Iron Man using spare parts, will be the next one to don the red-and-gold armor. According to creator Brian Michael Bendis, the events at the end of Civil War II will result in the transition.

In an interview with Time, Bendis said the inspiration for Williams came from his time working in Chicago.

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.

Audiences have been introduced to Williams already, while Tony Stark is well aware of her capabilities; Williams previously reverse-engineered one of Stark’s old armors while living in her dorm at M.I.T.

Because Tony Stark is currently involved in a huge comic storyline, Marvel thought it was a good time for him to step away from the suit, making a perfect transition for Williams to fill in. You can see the full interview with Bendis at the source link below.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...