Black Woman Taking Over For Iron Man Will Be Called "Ironheart"

Riri Williams, the teen who'll take over for Tony Stark, won't adopt the "Iron Man" name this fall after all.
Courtesy of Stefano Caselli/Marvel Entertainment

She may be one of two characters taking over the comic book series belonging to Tony Stark this fall, but Marvel's Riri Williams won't be going by the name Iron Man when she headlines Invincible Iron Man No. 1 — and she won't be calling herself "Iron Woman," either.

Instead, Williams will call herself "Ironheart." Talking to Wired about the reveal, writer Brian Michael Bendis said that the new name came about when he realized that "Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some [and] Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare."

Ironheart — a name suggested by Marvel CCO Joe Quesada — "speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole," Bendis went on to explain. "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."

Williams will be one of two replacements for Tony Stark as part of Marvel's Marvel NOW! superhero line relaunch beginning in October; the other, headlining the new series Infamous Iron Man, will be Victor Von Doom, the former villain Doctor Doom. Whether or not he'll call himself Iron Man remains to be seen — as does the final fate of Stark himself.

Invincible Iron Man, written by Bendis with art by Stefano Caselli, launches this November.

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