Passing the torch

The new title of the ‘Iron Man’ comic book series has been revealed — drumroll please …

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Ironheart! There ya have it.

Last month, the Marvel comic book publisher made headlines when it announced that the successor to Iron Man‘s iconic Tony Stark would be a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams in the latest iteration of the illustrated series. But, Marvel didn’t reveal how that might affect the title of the comic book — after all, sticking with the Iron Man name just really wouldn’t make any sense.

Williams, a science prodigy who enrolled at MIT at age 15, has already been introduced in the latest volume of the comic book. In the next volume of the series, out this fall, Stark officially passes the torch to Williams.  Brian Michael Bendis explained to Wired how the new titled was decided upon after a discussion among the book’s editors. “Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some. Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare,” he said. “And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”

Read the full story at Wired.

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