A few months back, Marvel Comics indicated a new character was being added to the Iron Man story line. The new character would take on many of the same attributes as Iron Man, but act as an independent superhero with their own capabilities.
As it turns out, the new LionHeart character is intended to be loaded with surprises. Marvel will be introducing an African-American MIT student named RiRi Williams. Not only is RiRi an African-American, but she is also a woman. For a man that fancies himself to be a Romeo of sorts, the idea Iron Man will be fighting crime with a female counterpart is indeed intriguing.
Based on the Twitter and social media reactions, not everyone is thrilled with the new character. It appears that some comic book purists are less than intrigued by the idea IronHeart is both a woman and a woman “of color.” Oh and by the way, she will be a bit on the young side in line with the fact she is a student. It will be interesting to see how the new character is received. For Marvel’s part, they are simply following a previously used tradition of interjecting new characters to give its writers more storyline options in the future.
As can be expected, the introduction will take place in an opening edition. Word is that RiRi is the typical Marvel superhero. She’s an otherwise average individual who just happens to have extraordinary powers that can be used for good against bad.
In line with the announcement, some very proud MIT students have developed a nice introductory video titled “Not all heroes wear capes, but some carry tubes.” The short video (see YouTube), directed by Chris Peterson and Selam G, offers viewers a look into what a typical day in the life of RiRi Williams looks like just prior to the call to duty and a chance to save the world.