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.
The man who made Iron Man a household name, Robert Downey Jr. took to Twitter to give his support for the change and the new character.
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF… pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016
Marvel’s statement – Making her debut earlier this year in the pages of Invincible Iron Man, Riri Williams will explode out of the pages of Civil War II and into the boots of the Armored Avenger. Reverse-engineering her own set of armor to make the world a better place, Riri will lead the charge as Iron Man! Well, for now. She’s working on the name! But what has become of Tony Stark? What could have happened during Civil War II to make him hang up the repulsors?
“We’re in the middle of a very big Tony Stark storyline – actually three storylines converging. His best friend died, his company is collapsing, and he’s finding out who his biological parents were all at the same time. How that all shakes out such that Tony is no longer in the armor? You’ll have to wait to find out for the end of Civil War II. But it does create a path for Riri Williams, who Tony will know and will be interacting with very shortly in the comics,” said Brian Michael Bendis.
Invincible Iron Man #1 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Stefano Caselli will be in your local comic shop this fall.