Another black female superhero is about to have her own solo comic book series. Marvel Comics recently announced the launch of an Ironheart solo series, right on the heels of their announcement of Shuri's solo comic book series.
Ironheart is the superhero identity of a teenage MIT student from Chicago, Riri Williams. After Riri loses her stepfather and her best friend to a drive-by shooting, she re-creates the Iron Man suit — without the resources of Tony Stark, catching his attention.
In existing comics (Invincible Iron Man), Riri was mentored by Tony Stark for a while before she eventually takes over from him as Iron Man. But this is the first time she is getting her own series. The new Ironheart comic series will be written by Eve Ewing, a Chicago-based artist, poet and playwright.
okay. hi. wow, i'm actually shaky as i write this.— wikipedia brown aka eve ewing aka lil muji pen (@eveewing) August 20, 2018
This November, Marvel will launch a solo title featuring Riri Williams, also known as Ironheart.
okay now I'm crying
I am writing the serieshttps://t.co/hELxWLjwPC
This announcement comes at a particularly interesting time, since Marvel Studios is currently getting ready to close out Phase 3 of the MCU with Avengers 4 next year. That will bring with it the loss of several key stars who have anchored these movies for a long time — like Robert Downey Jnr. who plays Iron Man.
So just as she did in the comics, Riri Williams could replace Tony Stark as the hero within the MCU. After this comic series, it would make sense if a solo movie is next.
Ironheart#1 is set to hit shelves on November 7.