“Riri Williams, the star of the next iteration of Marvel Comics’ Invincible Iron Man, has finally figured out her superhero name. The 15-year-old prodigy will take to the skies with her own suit of Iron Man armor under the new name of Ironheart.
Earlier this summer, Marvel announced that Riri would be taking over for Tony Stark with the launch of Marvel NOW! Some fans took issue with the idea of a young girl going by the name Iron Man, but the Ironheart moniker solves that problem. However, writer Brian Michael Bendis reveals that Ironheart wasn’t the first name that Marvel came up with for Riri.
“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” Bendis tells Wired. “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.”
So Iron Man hasn’t been replaced. Least not by a new girl. This should calm down some portion of the Internet that was already up in arms hopefully. Lately, if you pay attention to Marvel, they have been doing a lot of work to build the next generation of heroes.
A lot of these new characters are becoming legit legacy characters, something DC Comics had for years with the likes of Superman, Superboy, Batman and Robin, and even the Green Lantern Corp. Marvel, for a very long time, seemed to be of the mindset, every hero had their own name and identity. It is kind of neat to see some of these names, these mantles, being passed down to others carrying them on.
Looking forward to reading about the adventures of Ironheart in Invincible Ironman #01 this fall.