A while back, it was announced in the Marvel Comics universe that Tony Stark would eventually give up the mantle of Iron Man and retire. In the soon-to-be released Invincible Iron Man comic series, Tony puts his trust in 15-year old tech wiz Riri Williams to take up the mantle of the new Iron Man, or Iron Woman, or…shall we say Ironheart.
Ironheart is the official new name for Williams’ version of Iron Man. Joe Quesada recommended the name to the series’ creator, Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis had this to say about the name change:
“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.”
Even more interesting, Ironheart’s AI will be based on Tony Stark himself, so don’t expect for him to completely disappear.
Williams is the latest of brand new characters taking on the mantle of some of the classic character. Kamala Khan made history as the first Muslim-American superhero as the new Ms. Marvel. Miles Morales took on the mantle of Spider-Man. Jane Foster became worthy to take on the mantle of Thor and Amadeus Cho is the new Hulk.
The Invincible Iron Man, featuring Ironheart, will be released in November from Marvel Comics.