The Marvel Universe continues to grow with a slate of new series coming to Disney+. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that Riri “Ironheart” Williams would get her own live-action original series starring Dominique Thorne. Some comic fans may be familiar with Riri’s story; she starts as child genius, and winds up the latest hero to don an advanced suit à la Tony Stark’s famous armor. But if you didn’t get into the comics, or just want a quick rundown of the character, this guide to Ironheart is right here for you.
Riri Williams made her debut in 2015’s
The success of Riri’s character led to her own
Riri becomes a crime-fighting superheroine, to her aunt’s dismay, and her work captures the eye of her tech idol Tony Stark. He gives her his stamp of approval to become the next ironclad hero this world needs. After the events of
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The Riri-Pepper relationship could play out interestingly on TV. Pepper may discourage Riri from carrying on Tony’s legacy, or decide to be a mentor after Tony’s death. There is also a chance for War Machine a.k.a. Rhodey, who is getting his own Disney+ series, to connect with Ironheart as a guide. The series could also take a page from the comics and have an A.I. version of Tony guide the young hero. This isn’t likely, considering Robert Downey Jr.’s Marvel retirement, but anything is possible. Either way, any established characters making appearances shouldn’t overshadow Riri’s shining light as a hero in her own right.
In the comics, Riri also appears in crossover materials. She saves Moon Girl, the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, and helps her ward off Doctor Doom. The character also goes up against Hydra in Marvel’s
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In 2018, Ironheart entered a new era; Eve Ewing, a Black woman writer, scholar, and Chicago native, took over the writing mantle. The series,
Riri’s latest run unites her with Shuri, Okoye, and others in a fight against Ten Rings. This comic connection to Shuri could play a role in
Right now, we don’t know when Ironheart will make its debut, nor any details about the series. But it is beyond time to see a Black girl hero taking on the MCU with intelligence, tenacity, and bravery.