Make way for the new Iron Man on the fray: Riri Williams, a 15-year-old girl will replace Tony Stark played by Robert Downey Jr. when Civil War II ends, Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis announced the big news in an interview for TIME.
For starters, the character of Rimi is already into the Iron Man comics as someone who ‘reverse-engineered one of Stark’s old armors all by herself in her dorm room’. It is unclear whether the name of the character will be changed from Iron Man.
“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,” Bendis said.
This can also be seen as part of Marvel’s idea to diversify superheroes from predominantly white characters.
When asked what would make Tony Stark give away his suit, the creator of Riri said:
“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.”