Marvel: after Black Panther 2, how Ironheart will replace Iron Man

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After her introduction in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, we decided to look into Ironheart, the heroine who is to succeed Iron Man in the Marvel universe.

As promised, the new Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (mis)introduced the character of Riri Williams' then Ironheart, a genius inventor played by Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street could speak, Judas and the Black Messiah) that the public will find from 2023 on Disney+, in a series soberly baptized Ironheart.

Although she only appeared in 2016 in Marvel comics under Brian Michael Bendis and she didn't have a very thick role in Black Panther 2, Riri Williams shouldn't be underestimated though, as she's the one who should take over from Iron Man in the Expanded Universe (in principle).

In the comics, it is explained that Riri Williams demonstrated impressive intellectual faculties from an early age, which was also taken up in the film which mentions that she was already tinkering with her father at 4 years old. With an introverted temperament, the young girl prefers to isolate herself to make inventions that could help superheroes, then she meets Natalie, her neighbor, who will become her only friend.

At age 13, after being accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T), her stepfather and Natalie were killed in a shooting, which pushes Riri to also make armor, using reverse engineering on an early Tony Stark creation. After two years, she ends up developing her own suit and achieves her first exploits, arousing the curiosity of the billionaire, who visits her to discover her work and encourage her. It is therefore likely that, failing to meet Iron Man, this trauma will be used in the series as an element of his origin story (which would also make it possible to flesh out his characterization).

Riri Williams forges her weapons

In the comics, she continues the work of Iron Man after he falls into a coma following the conflict in Civil War II, but the mere death of the billionaire in the MCU will be enough of an excuse to see her use the stark technology. With the help of an artificial intelligence based on Tony Stark's personality, she upgrades her armor and eventually takes the name Ironheart. common ones, including the steel core that adorns his armor (the one she pimped with the help of Shuri's AI for the fight against Namor).

After completing various missions, she is approached by the Champions and joins the group of young superheroes for a while, then goes on to live her adventures on her own. She moves into her own lab at M.I.T., where she develops a new A.I. dubbed N.A.T.A.L.I.E., and then sets out to pursue the terrorist organization called the Ten Rings.

Since Ironheart takes on the Ten Rings, we can already assume that the series will be connected to the film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Riri could also make an appearance in the series Armor Wars, helping War Machine protect Iron Man's legacy by preventing the technology he invented from being stolen by disreputable people.

No details were given regarding the series, but the plot should logically resume that of the comics, modifying certain elements to fully fit into the MCU's story. Tony Stark is dead and therefore cannot meet Riri, but could still appear in the form of an artificial intelligence, supporting the young heroine in her research and her missions as he did for Peter Parker in his debut as Spider-Man. Answer in 2023…

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