Amongst all of the exciting tidbits revealed by Marvel at the Disney Investor Day presentation, Kevin Feige revealed that Riri Williams, notable successor to Iron Man in the comics, is making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the Disney+ series Ironheart with If Beale Street Could Talk star Dominique Thorne cast in the lead role!
Created by Brian Michael Bendis and designed by Mike Deodato, the character of Ironheart first appeared in Invincible Iron Man issue No. 7 in a cameo appearance before making her full debut in issue No. 9 as a 15-year-old engineering student who lives with her mother and paternal aunt in Chicago following the death of her father before attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a scholarship, as she is a certified genius.
Working alone, she designs a suit of armor similar to the Iron Man armor using material stolen from campus and begins fighting crime herself, but while trying to prevent the escape of two inmates from the New Mexico State Penitentiary, her suit is damaged and she must return home and continue working on the suit, much to the dismay of her aunt. Original Iron Man, Tony Stark, eventually hears of Williams’ accomplishment and sets off to meet her and, after getting to know her, elects to endorse her decision to become a superheroine.
Much like the Don Cheadle-starring Armor Wars series at the streaming platform, Disney+’s Ironheart will have to tweak the source material a bit as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Tony Stark is dead following his heroic sacrifice in the finale of Avengers: Endgame and with star Robert Downey Jr. essentially retired from the role, it’s unlikely to see his iteration of the iconic hero meet the up-and-comer in her journey to eventually take on the mantle of Iron Man.