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The new ‘Iron Man’ will be a 15-year-old black girl

By WITW Staff on July 7, 2016

The newest iteration of Iron Man won’t look much like Tony Stark. According to comic book maker Marvel, in an upcoming episodes of the series, a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams will replace Stark.

Williams was introduced to the Iron Man universe earlier this year and is a young science genius studying at MIT in the series. Williams hails from Chicago, which was part of the inspiration for the move, writer Brian Michael Bendis said. Bend told TIME that he was struck by “chaos and violence” in Chicago and was inspired to write the story of a heroine who overcomes that urban blight and goes on to college.

“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,” he told the magazine.

Read the full story at the BBC and TIME.


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