Published on: Friday, May 31, 2019
Goodbye, Iron Man, hello, Ironheart? According to a new report by We Got This Covered, Marvel Studios may have decided which hero will assume the Iron Man mantle following Tony Stark's death in Avengers: Endgame.
The outlet cites an unnamed source that claims the bigwigs at Marvel and Disney are planning to have Riri Williams, also known as Ironheart, become the new Iron Man. She is said to be scheduled to debut in the MCU in either a Phase 4 or a Phase 5 film, and will, quote, "have Tony's suit to help her." The ultimate plan for Ironheart, per We Got This Covered's info, is to have the hero fight alongside the New Avengers, led by Brie Larson's Captain Marvel.
For those who haven't heard of Ironheart, here's a brief run-down on the character: she's an introverted teenager with genius-level intellect who was accepted to M.I.T. at age 12. Her smarts caused her to retreat into herself, but when she reverse-engineered the Iron Man Armor Model 41 suit to create her own version of the armor, something sparked inside her. She wound up stepping into the suit and committing a few acts of rogue vigilantism before Tony Stark noticed her and endorsed her wish to become a superhero. Ultimately, when Tony slips into a coma after battling Captain Marvel, it's Riri who carries on his legacy as Ironheart.
We Got This Covered's report notes that "several characters" will attempt to rise as the new Iron Man. These contenders contenders include Don Cheadle's War Machine, a close friend of Tony's, and Tom Holland's Spider-Man, who saw Tony as a father figure and trained under him to become an Avenger during Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Apparently, both War Machine and Spidey soon realize that the gig just isn't for them, and Ironheart will go on to assume the mantle.
But really, how plausible is the notion that Ironheart will be the new Iron Man in the MCU? Well, it certainly helps that this exact thing has happened in Marvel Comics. In August of 2016, WIRED exclusively confirmed that Riri Williams would formally take the Iron Man torch from Tony Stark during the events of the new Invincible Iron Man #1.
On the other hand, although We Got This Covered does cite a source, it's not a named source. Anyone reading this report and choosing to believe it or brush it off is doing so based solely on the word of an anonymous source. Now, this isn't to say that We Got This Covered aren't reputable. quite the opposite, actually, and the outlet has hit the head on numerous nails in the past, such as accurately reporting the Avengers: Endgame leak that revealed the Chitauri would be in the movie and reporting the news that Robert Pattinson was in talks to become the new Batman months before Variety confirmed the scoop. We Got This Covered really could be dishing the truth here, but without any corroboration on that source it's just impossible to know for sure. Keep watching the video to learn more about if it's true - has Marvel found the MCU's new Iron Man?
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