Why Marvel’s New Black Female Iron Man Will Officially Be Named Ironheart

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"[It] speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole."

This article originally appeared on TIME.com.

In July, TIME exclusively reported that Marvel’s new Iron Man would be Riri Williams, a young black woman with an inspiring back story, but she didn’t have a superhero name yet.

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Now, Marvel tells Wired that after considering different options, her official new name will be Ironheart.

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“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” writer Michael Bendis explains. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”

 

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