Marvel's new Iron Man will be a 15-year-old black girl
Riri Williams is 15 years old. Giving a black girl one of the most recognizable names in the Marvel universe and turning her into a flagship hero is a monumental move for the comic book company — one that will affect more than just Marvel’s future comic book stories. Riri Williams’s ascension to Iron Man status comes amid Marvel’s ongoing push for more diversity in its titles, which has already given us a black Captain America, a female Thor, a Muslim American Ms. Marvel, and a black-Latino Spider-Man. That push has been met with applause from fans who want to be included, praise and recognition from critics, and prickly criticism from comic purists who believe their beloved titles have been shunted aside for gimmicks and stunts.
By Alex Abad-Santos