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The Next 'Iron Man' Isn't A Man At All!

This is going to rock your little male-charged worlds. The next Iron Man in training is actually a woman. 

And not just any woman. Riri Williams is her name, and we'll spell it out for you, she's also African American.

Yes. Yes. A thousand times yes.

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Fear not, TIME concludes that Riri's entry of the Iron Man comics does not disrupt Tony Stark's reign just yet in the movies.

Her backstory?  Time shares the following:

"Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm."


Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis shared his inspiration for the newest character exclusively with TIME:

"One of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn’t end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence. And 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. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place."

Of course, not everyone is pleased, both with Gender and with Race. Even as blatant as people commenting online to Bendis “Why do we need Riri Williams we already have Miles?” He also shares that many of the former creators in the Marvel universe wished they'd made the world more diverse now that they look at the world around them.

To find out more about how they plan on transitioning Tony Stark in the shift, and when it will take place, read the full interview over at TIME.


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