15-Year-Old MIT Student Riri Williams Is The New Iron Man

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Marvel Comics sure loves to spoil its books. Marvel announced Wednesday Tony Stark is stepping down as Iron Man after the events of Civil War II and 15-year-old MIT student Riri Williams is taking over, according to a Brian Michael Bendis interview in Time.

Riri Williams

Bendis, who created the character with artist Stefano Caselli, explained his inspiration for Riri Williams.

“One of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn’t end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence. And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life—just random street violence—and went off to college was very inspiring to me. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for awhile until I had the right character and the right place.

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“As we’ve been slowly and hopefully very organically adding all these new characters to the Marvel Universe, it just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me,” said Bendis.

The New Invincible Iron Man debuts this fall.

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Matthew Sardo
As the founder of Monkeys Fighting Robots, I'm currently training for my next job as an astronaut cowboy. Reformed hockey goon, comic book store owner, video store clerk, an extra in 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' 'Welcome Back Freshman,' and for one special day, I was a Ghostbuster.