By Daphne Rasehei – EMTV Online
Marvel has announced that a 15-year-old from Chicago named Riri Williams will be taking Tony Stark’s place in the Iron Man comic series.
Williams is a science genius, who enrolled at MIT at the age of 15, according to Time, which got the scoop.
Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis said he came up with Williams’ character after being struck by the “chaos and violence” of Chicago while working in the city.
“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 a while until I had the right character and the right place.”
Tony Stark’s storyline is currently coming to an end following the death of a best friend, the collapse of his company and a revelation about his biological parents.
Williams has already been introduced in the comics, but only as an MIT student who Tony Stark is vaguely aware of reverse-engineering one of his old suits in her dorm room.
Marvel has been heavily diversifying its superheroes and villains lately, previously introducing the female villian Thor.