The days of Tony Stark are over. Earlier this summer, we learned that Riri Williams, a 15-year-old science prodigy at MIT would be taking over as Iron Man, and now we finally know her superhero name: Ironheart. She’ll officially step into the role as part of this fall’s Invincible Iron Man #1.
Brian Michael Bendis, writer of the new series, explained the decision to Wired:
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.
Although Williams will be taking over from Stark, that doesn’t mean he won’t be involved. According to Tom Breevort, who is editing the series, the A.I. used in Ironheart’s suit will be based on Tony’s personality. Well, if Robert Downey Jr. ever steps aside as Iron Man in the MCU, now we know how he can stay involved.
We don’t really know what kind of adventures Ironheart will embark on when Invincible Iron Man #1 hits this fall, but we can’t wait to find out.