The new Iron Man isn’t a man at all
When most people think of Iron Man, they think of an adult white male (cough Robert Downey Jr. cough).
That's no longer the case. There's a new Iron Man in town and she's actually not a man. Riri Williams, a 15-year old black girl, is taking over the Iron Man suit.
Here's what she looks like:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 6, 2016
The next Iron Man? A 15-year-old black teenage girlhttps://t.co/l22Kq2LWBK
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) July 7, 2016
Riri will make her debut in the new comic series Invincible Iron Man #1. She's a teenage science genius who attends MIT and catches the attention of Tony Stark (the original Iron Man) after creating her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room.
There are some critics who say creating diverse new characters is a gimmick. But, creator and Iron Man writer, Brian Michael Bendis, addressed the critics by acknowledging the need for diversity in pop culture:
"I think what's most important is that the character is created in an organic setting. We never had a meeting saying, 'we need to create this character.' It's inspired by the world around me and not seeing that represented enough in popular culture."
The overwhelming majority of people are super stoked about Riri:
"Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15."
New Iron Man is a black teen girl. Today is great. https://t.co/s5VRwSABCb
— Eric Smith (@ericsmithrocks) July 6, 2016
A black women iron man what a time to be alive pic.twitter.com/X20wL6VPvz
— ? (@poisonivysus) July 6, 2016
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Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.