Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will appear in Spider-Man Homecoming. While that event is a much-awaited appearance for the big screen, the hero appeared in another production for the small screen. However, instead of Tony Stark, MIT student Riri Williams took on the Iron suit for MIT’s admissions video.
In the comics, Riri Williams is the new bearer of the Iron Man persona. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli, the character first appeared in #6 of Invincible Iron Man Vol. 7. She is a 15-year old genius who studies at MIT.
Hence, it appears logical that MIT will use the character given her comic origin’s background. Somehow mirroring the events of the comics, the video shows Riri (Ayomide F. ’18) in the process of building her own armor.
After she completes the whole suit, Riri visits MIT’s Dean of Admissions Stu Schmill and collects a tube supposedly bearing acceptance letters. Riri, who goes by Ironheart instead of Iron Man, flies away. Signalling that she’s on her way to deliver results.
Schmill shared that there’s a good reason why they decided to use Riri on the announcement video. Aside from not being able to resist using a Marvel character, the dean of admissions also said that featuring Riri was their way of showing there’s more to MIT than students burying their noses in books.
The video informs that decisions will go live on March 14 at 6:28 p.m. ET. The Boston Globe reports that MIT received more than 20,000 applications for this year. However, the school will only accept less than 8 percent of that population.
The New Iron Man
When Riri first appeared in the comics, it wasn’t immediately clear that she will become Tony Stark’s successor to don the Iron Man suit. However, there were also clues laid out pointing to this direction.
According to a report from Gizmodo, Riri’s appearance in the Invincible Iron Man #6-11 hinted at a bigger role for her than just taking on the sidekick persona of War Machine. The source explains:
“Looking back… it becomes crystal clear that the editorial plans for her aimed at higher than her just being a sidekick or taking on the War Machine identity after James Rhodes death. She tells her friend Sharon about compulsively starting in on the armor project without knowing why, and completes it just as Tony Stark’s long absence from the public eye starts making headlines.”
Avengers Infinity War appears to be an endgame for many of the MCU’s main Avengers, including Iron Man. Hence, when the MCU moves on to a Phase 4, there’s a slight possibility Ironheart will take Stark’s place.
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