Robert Downey Jr approves of the new Iron Man Riri Williams, Twitter reacts
Actor Robert Downey Jr., who depicts the onscreen version of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is excited for Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl and a science genius, who will take up the mantle in the comics.hollywood Updated: Jul 11, 2016 14:08 IST
Actor Robert Downey Jr., who depicts the onscreen version of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is excited for Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl and a science genius, who will take up the mantle in the comics.
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, and Williams will take over.
Downey Jr. extended support to Williams in a tweet.
“Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF (bada** motherf***er)...,” Downey Jr. tweeted along with an image showing Williams as the new Iron Man.
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF... pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016
Many fans, however, have issues with Bendis writing the new comic book.
They wish Marvel 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.
This is the writer who will write for Riri Williams so it's not a huge win. pic.twitter.com/a12iPaehZA— NPOC (@nerdypoc) July 6, 2016
“You can’t call these diverse stories without diverse voices,” another one wrote.
“I’m happy for all of these Black women leads in Marvel comics, but really wish the publisher would give Black women a chance to write them,” wrote another fan.
I'd be more excited about Riri Williams if the book were written by a black woman.— PETTY GUARDIAN DJ (@OhHeyDJ) July 6, 2016
I LOVE THAT THE NEW IRON MAN IS A BLACK GIRL. I'm here for Riri Williams— Timothy (@TimothyNesmith) July 6, 2016
Me: I hate Marvel, I hope they go bankrupt again— WONDER(ik) WOMAN (@caroIdanvurs) July 6, 2016
Marvel: meet Riri Williams, the new Iron Man/Iron Woman
Me: I love Marvel
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