Riri Williams Will Have A New Name When She Assumes The ‘Iron Man’ Mantle

Riri Williams

When it was first announced that Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black woman will be taking over the title of “Iron Man” from Tony Start after Civil War II, some fans had concerns over Marvel’s new progressive direction. Although they are a small minority, they are a vocal one. The other concern some fans had was the fact that the title is “Iron Man” and the character is going to be a woman. Was the title going to change to “Iron Woman” or another title signifying Riri’s gender? Now, it looks like we have an answer.

The most recent cover of the relaunched Invincible Iron Man #1 reveals the name of the new hero. Riri Williams will be known as “Ironheart.”

Ironheart IIM Launch

When asked for the reason of the name change writer Brian Michael Bendis confirmed that Marvel Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, came up with the idea.

“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.”

For those who think that Tony Stark will be going away completely, have no fear. He is very much still going to be a part of the world of Iron Man. Riri’s armor will have an AI system just like Tony Starks did. This AI will not be J.A.R.V.I.S, but very similar. Riri’s AI will be actually based on Tony Stark’s personality. Marvel Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoor adds:

“Regardless of where he might be physically, he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”

Invincible Iron Man #1 hits shelves this November.

Source: Wired via Comicbook Movie

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  • Marquis de Sade

    Yep, definitely lookin’ forward to this and Doctor Strange!

  • I don’t mind this at all, especially for young new readers.

    That being said, I get the feeling that Marvel, and DC to an extent, are hurting their long-time, loyal fans, by giving our classic heroes a back seat. Again, I don’t mind them bring in equality and social matters, but what about the fans that still want to read about their favorite heroes? Wolverine is gone in favor of a female version, Thor is de-powered and a female has taken his place, Captain America was stripped of his mantle (from execs) and then brought back as a Hydra member. Tony Stark is taking a break and back seat to a new character, again, another female, the list goes on and on.

    It seems that in their quest to attract a new, diverse and younger crowd, Marvel is going to alienate their biggest fanbase. Granted, some may stick around to read some of the new titles, but others are going to find something else to read. While I enjoy (lady) Thor, I still miss seeing Odinson wield Mjolnir, it’s just a personal preference.

    And this has nothing to do with sexism. As my feelings towards the latest Batman arch echo my same sentiments. For almost a year, Bruce Wayne wasn’t Batman. Jim Gordon was a frail, weak and damn near incompetent Batman. While the story was interesting and engaging (thanks to Snyder’s amazing writing) the feeling of not seeing Bruce as Batman just didn’t sit well with me. I know by doing this, it creates a new demand for you favorite hero to return, but I just found myself at the end of every issue thinking, eh, it’s good, but I really wish Bruce’s Batman as back already.

    Something happens to a fan when our heroes are taken away and a filler (male OR female) is brought into replace them. Be it temporary (i.e. Jim Gordon) or permanently i.e. Miles Morales. I bring up Miles, because’s one that actually worked. Mainly because he was brought in as an Ultimate Character and not a replacement for Peter Parker. Once he was established, he now co-exists with Peter. I think when companies bring in NEW characters, instead of replacing them, it tends to work better. Why this doesn’t happen more often, I don’t know.

    • SAMURAI36

      You haven’t been reading DC as of late, have you? All the legacy characters are there. None of what you’re saying now applies to DC, but all of it applies to Marvel.

  • Beast

    They should consider changing her name “Riri” while they’re at it. Since clearly nobody at Marvel realized that it sounds like a very awful slang term.

    • SAMURAI36

      I dunno what slang term you might be referring to, but for me, it sounds like those terrible “hood” names you hear young women being “christened” with: “Ri-Ri”, “Nay-Nay” and such.

  • SAMURAI36

    Just gonna leave this riiiight here.

    http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/08/22/riri-williams-to-be-called-ironheart-not-iron-man/

    Don’t bother reading it, though. And especially don’t bother reading the comment section.

  • unpaidpundit

    l frequent several comic book stores, and I don’t see any black, teenage girls shopping in them. So, some might say that this is Marvel’s attempt to reach out to this lucrative market that they have ignored in the past. African-Americans are also underrepresented in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, and perhaps Marvel is doing their bit to encourage achievement in these areas among young black people.

    So much politically correct outreach, I’m not sure it’s going to work for Marvel.

  • unpaidpundit

    I have been an Iron Man fan for decades, but I have to admit that his stories have been missing something, and that something is a strong rogues gallery. Great comic book heroes like Batman and Spider-Man have great villains that help to define the heroes. Iron Man has Whiplash, Unicorn, and Melter, among other lame villains. I wish the Iron Man editors would encourage the creative teams to generate more formidable villains rather than replacing Tony Stark in an effort to gin up sales.

    • Darthmanwe

      That’d require creative writing and not corporate pandering.

      There is a very good reason why Image Comics are being lauded as best in industry, and it’s not the artwork.