Marvel made their announcement that they have created an African-American character that will be in the upcoming Invincible Iron Man comic series.
Riri Williams, is a 15-year old student at M.I.T. who decided to build her own “Iron Man Armor” suit in a secret project.
RiRi, being a genius was able to build her suit of armor using stolen material from campus and to fly around the country in order to get the hang of her creation.
While speaking with the TIME, the writer, Brian Michael Bendis said that at the end of the Civil War II storyline, Stark “steps away from their suit” and that’s when RiRi Williams takes over.
“One of the things Tony does to distract himself from all the things going on in his life is he goes to find this young woman who is flying around the middle America in an armor that’s not completely made, to try to find out what her dead is,” Bendis said.
Bendis told the TIMES tat his creation of the characters is “inspired by the world around me and not seeing that represented enough in popular culture.”
“Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realize how racist they sound,” Bendis said. “I’m not saying if you criticize you’re a racist, but if someone writes, ‘Why do we need RiRi Williams, we already have Miles?’ that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character and maybe they’ll realize over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking.”
“But increasingly we see less and less that,” he added. “Once Miles hit, and Kamala Khan hit, and female Thor hit- there was a part of an audience crawling through the desert and looking or an oasis when it came to representation, and now that it’s here, you’ll go online and be greeted with this wave of love.”
Who’s going to check out RiRi Williams, the 15-year old M.I.T student who’s taking over for Iron Man?
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