“Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally” introduces fairly a number of new characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One among our favorites? Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, performed by Dominique Thorne. The character makes a significant splash within the sequel, interacting with Shuri (Letitia Wright), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), and Namor (Tenoch Huerta) in enjoyable, humorous, and shifting methods. On the finish of the film, she returns to the US, the place followers will meet her once more within the upcoming Disney+ sequence “Ironheart.” The character is likely to be new for film and TV viewers, however she has her personal historical past in Marvel comics. Forward, we’re breaking down her comedian historical past, her function within the MCU and “Wakanda Eternally,” and the place her story may go from right here.
Who Is Riri Williams within the Marvel Comics?
The character of Riri and her superhero persona, Ironheart, was created by author Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato in 2016. She made her first look within the “Invisible Iron Man” comedian e book sequence, and he or she starred within the third quantity of the sequence that debuted on the finish of 2016.
At first of her journey, Riri is a 15-year-old genius dwelling along with her mother and aunt in Chicago. She will get a scholarship to attend MIT and makes use of objects she stole from campus to make her personal Iron Man-style swimsuit. Finally, Tony Stark hears about her heroics and offers her his blessing. She ultimately turns into a member of the teenage superhero group often called the Champions, which incorporates Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales as Spider-man, Nova, and Imaginative and prescient’s daughter Viv.
Who Is Riri Williams within the MCU?
In “Black Panther: Wakanda Eternally,” Riri makes her introduction as a scientist who’s made a Vibranium-detecting machine for the US authorities. Namor needs to kill her for that purpose, as a result of that machine led them proper to Tālocān, the key underwater kingdom he guidelines.
Okoye and Shuri monitor Riri all the way down to MIT, the place she’s a scholar. She’s a number of years older than her 15-year-old comics counterpart, although nonetheless has a lot of the similar backstory, together with her origins in Chicago and her grief over her father’s demise. It seems she made the machine for a category project and did not know that the federal government was utilizing it. Okoya and Shuri observe her to her warehouse, the place she has a prototype of her Iron Man-style swimsuit and another tasks, together with her dad’s outdated automobile, which will get wrecked in a struggle towards Namor.
Finally, Riri leads to Wakanda, the place Namor assaults all of them. Queen Ramonda dies saving Riri from drowning. Riri helps them plan to defeat Namor, and, with Shuri’s assist, she builds a extra superior swimsuit and burns a coronary heart into the middle plate, changing into Ironheart. After the battle, Shuri sends Riri again to MIT with out the swimsuit however along with her dad’s fastened automobile.
“Wakanda Eternally” options a number of moments that decision again to Tony Stark’s introduction into the MCU as Iron Man. In the course of the chase by means of Boston, Riri flies her swimsuit very excessive as much as take out a drone, shedding oxygen and crashing again all the way down to earth. Iron Man does one thing very related within the first “Iron Man” movie. And later, when Riri builds the newer model of her swimsuit in Wakanda, she wears a tank prime as she actually bends iron with a hammer. An iconic shot of Tony from the primary film noticed him doing the identical factor whereas constructing the primary Iron Man swimsuit in a cave.
Viewers will see Riri subsequent in her personal “Ironheart” Disney+ sequence. The present will observe her adventures at MIT and likewise star Anthony Ramos as Parker Robbins, aka the Hood. The six-episode sequence, which is a part of Marvel’s Section 5, will premiere in late 2023.