Tony Stark OUT! Riri Williams IN as Iron Man
By the time Marvel’s Civil War II concludes its comic-book event Tony Stark will no longer be Iron Man and a 15 year old African American female will take over.
Riri Williams is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15 and comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room.
Brian Michael Bendis a writer for Iron Man says that just because Williams takes over the Iron Man suit does not mean nor does it give away how Civil War II will end.
“More people are going to be upset that they think they know the ending to Civil War II now than anything we just talked about. But I can tell you just because we’re hearing what we’re saying doesn’t know you mean how Civil War II ends. We’re not telling you the end, at all.”
So what would make Tony Stark step away from his suit and allow a 15 year old female teenager to take over in his place?
“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.”
Bendis or Marvel have not yet given a specific time frame on when Riri Williams will officially take over, only that she will be suiting up in the iconic armor after the events of Civil War II have concluded, most likely sometime this fall.