Bendis says Riri Williams is 'smarter than Tony Stark' in new Iron Man preview

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Apr 29, 2019, 6:17 AM EDT (Updated)

Marvel is shaking up its line-up once again with the Marvel NOW! relaunch, and writer Brian Michael Bendis promises the new Iron Man will certainly give Tony Stark a run for his money.

Marvel has dropped some new preview pages from the first issue of the new Invincible Iron Man, which will see the brilliant teenager Riri Williams take up her own armor as the hero Ironheart. In an interview with Time, writer Brian Michael Bendis said the character of Riri has allowed him to tell a story about family, being a parent, and how a character from meager beginnings can overcome adversity and become a truly inspirational figure.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“She’s smarter than Tony … As we say in the story: high intellects, out of frustration, can sometimes retreat into their own world. This young woman has had that burden but she also has a grounded parent who helped her get to this point. But she also has had terrible tragedy that has informed her more than anything. Some of the intellectual characters at Marvel get to the point where they want to conquer the world and make it over in their own image. The fact that Riri, even after all she has been through, does not, makes her mother the hero of this story. And we need to celebrate that kind of thing more anyhow.”

The first issue of the all-new Invincible Iron Man drops Nov. 9, and will follow the 15-year-old MIT student from the streets of Chicago as she strikes out on her hero’s journey clad in a homemade Iron Man suit. 

Check out the preview pages below and let us know what you think: