A Teenage Black Girl is New Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. Approves
Robert Downey Jr poses at the European premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Photo: Reuters)
Robert Downey Jr poses at the European premiere of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Photo: Reuters)

A Teenage Black Girl is New Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. Approves

Actor Robert Downey Jr, who depicts the onscreen version of Iron Man in the film franchise, is excited for Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl and a science genius, who is set to take up the mantle of Iron Man.

Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis earlier this week revealed that Tony Stark will be replaced by Williams. According to Bendis, Tony Stark will step out of the Iron Man suit at the end of the comic book crossover storyline Civil War II which is when Williams will take over.

Many fans, however, have issues with Bendis writing the new comic book.

They wish Marvel had hired a black woman, instead of a white man, to write the story.

“You aren’t giving these characters their own identities. ‘Black Female Iron Man’ sounds like good publicity. But only good publicity,” wrote a fan.

“You can’t call these diverse stories without diverse voices,” argues another fan of the comic book series. 

(With inputs from IANS)

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