Tony Stark is stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a newcomer will soon take his place, according to Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis. Stark's replacement will be Riri Williams, a 15-year-old MIT student and science whiz who reverse engineers an Iron Man suit in her dorm room.
In an interview with Time, Bendis explains that the transition will take place in end of the Civil War II series. He also talks about his rationale for taking the Iron Man universe in a new direction, saying Tony Stark is "aware that this young woman is flying by him in terms of how quickly she’s doing it. Her brain is maybe a little better than his. She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique."
On coming up with the Riri Williams character, Bendis said he was inspired by some real life events he witnessed while working on a TV show in Chicago:
"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."
He also notes that the character is getting a pretty warm welcome from most fans, even the more skeptical of the bunch. "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," he tells Time.
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