Marvel’s New Iron Man Is a 15-Year-Old Black Teenage Engineer named Riri Williams

Two years ago, Marvel announced the next character to join the Marvel Comics “Iron Man” franchise will be Riri Williams, a 15-year-old genius who successfully created her own suit in her dorm room at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RiriWilliams uses the superhero codename Ironheart.

Marvel announced yesterday she’ll be getting her own series, with the first issue due out Nov. 7. Chicago-based writer and sociologist Eve Ewing, the author of the poetry book Electric Arches and a professor of sociology, focusing on education, at the University of Chicago will be writing the series with artist Kevin Libranda.

Riri’s identity and the place where she comes from means she sometimes has a different perspective than some of her peers on how to deal with people who are doing wrong. There’s a reason she doesn’t just go around blasting everybody to high heaven because, to be real, she definitely could do that if she wanted. But she’s a very tender person at her core, and she doesn’t just want to be a senseless weapon, says Ewing in a Q&A published on Marvel’s site.

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