Marvel Comics has become very diverse with their characters in the last few years and they are taking another step to continue that trend in the book Invincible Iron Man. After the events in Civil War II, it appears as though Tony Stark will be stepping away from his armor and that a character named Riri Williams will be taking his place. To excite readers even further, Riri is a 15 year old black female. Riri is a MIT student who is incredibly smart and may be beyond where Tony was at that age. She even reverse engineered one of Tony's old Iron Man suits and rebuilt it herself for her own purposes.
While talking to TIME, Brian Michael Bendis spoke out about this new character and her taking over as Iron Man stating,
"Thankfully because of my involvement in the creation of Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and some other characters, it’s getting the benefit of the doubt from even the most surly fans. There are fans who say, “Show us the new stuff,” and then there are fans who say, “Don’t do anything different from when I was a kid.” So when you’re introducing new characters, you’re always going to have people getting paranoid about us ruining their childhood.
I’ve been down this road with Miles Morales, Jessica Jones, Maria Hill. I knew I was in good hands with Mike Deodato and other artists who are helping visualize Riri."Bendis then answers the question of why Tony is stepping away from his iron suits.
"We’re in the middle of a very big Tony Stark storyline—actually three storylines converging. His best friend died, his company is collapsing and he’s finding out who his biological parents were all at the same time. That’s stressful for a character who is wired the way Tony is wired and has dependency issues the way Tony does.
Tony is also a master at not paying attention to the thing that’s most important and distracting himself with Avengers stuff. How that all shakes out such that Tony is no longer in the armor? You’ll have to wait to find out for the end of Civil War II. But it does create a path or Riri Williams, who Tony will know and will be interacting with very shortly in the comics."This will be another big change that fans will have to get used to. What do you think about Riri Williams taking over as Iron Man?
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