Iron Man becomes 'Iron Woman' as 15-year-old black woman, Riri Williams, takes over from billionaire superhero Tony Stark, as the armoured superhero.
According to Bendis, the occurrence at the end of the comic-book "Civil War II" will lead to Stark dropping his suit as Iron Man. A position that would be taken over by 15-year-old black girl Riri Williams.
Riri is a Chicago-born teenage genius who built her own version of the Iron Man suit in a dorm room at MIT.
On creation of the character, Bendis said, "one of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn’t end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence. And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life — just random street violence — and went off to college was very inspiring to me."
"I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place."
"As we’ve been slowly and hopefully very organically adding all these new characters to the Marvel Universe, it just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural-born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me."
There have been no reports on the fate of Tony Stark.
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