Iron Man may be gone, but Marvel is already gearing up for the introduction of his protégé (in the comics) Riri Williams. The series is currently shooting, and some set photos have revealed a look at Riri’s homemade Iron Man suit.
These photos come from Just Jared:
First look at Riri Williams armor in #IronHeart #DisneyPlus #MarvelStudios pic.twitter.com/AF3UGJEUds
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The suit does look a tad more alien than Tony Stark’s original tech, but I guess that Ironheart will have some kind of access to Wakandan tech, seeing that she’s going to be introduced in the MCU via Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Besides that, the grey suit looks very similar to the comic version—which does have some Gundam flair to it, like the thin waist and ‘heels’. I guess the grey look is also a callback to the very first Iron Man suit that Tony Stark built in a cave (with a box of scraps!).
With Tony Stark not even meeting Riri in the MCU before his death, there’s definitely going to be some change when it comes to Riri’s Ironheart origin. I don’t really expect Robert Downey Jr. to show up in the series, seeing that Stark’s MCU protégé is Spider-Man, but it would be great if RDJ could officially pass off the Iron Man mantle to Riri.
No specific release date has been announced for Ironheart, but it is set to premiere on Disney+ sometime in the fall of 2023. In the meantime, you can watch out for Riri’s debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which comes to theaters this Nov. 11.