The Marvel Universe is getting a new character, or rather an update to an already existing character. Marvel recently changed up arrogant billionaire Stony Stark’s character- Iron Man into a woman and even more shocking- a teenage black woman.
The new IronMan, Riri Williams is an MIT student who builds her own Iron Man suit, in her dorm, by reworking some of Starks old suits. Dubbed as a science genius Riri will be joining the MArvel comic book world with the likes of the new lady Thor.
Although Marvel has been good on revamping the superhero world in its books much has stayed the same in the world of film. Hopefully the bigwigs and progressive thinking producers of Marvel will soon find a way to bring the books and the screen to synergy.
One of the difficulties of making such charcter changes is the expected backlash from Marvel fans. Brian Bendis who writes for Iron Man had this to say to TIME about his expectations of the backlash that may follow this complete character overhaul
“when you’re introducing new characters, you’re always going to have people getting paranoid about us ruining their childhood….Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realize how racist they sound. I’m not saying if you criticize you’re a racist, but if someone writes, ‘Why do we need Riri Williams we already have Miles?’ that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character, and maybe they’ll realize over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking”
As the news broke TechKult began to speculate which Hollywood starlet could be in consideration to take on the role of Riri williams, if she were to make it to screen anytime soon.
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