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Marvel's new Iron Man is going to look completely different

Teenage black woman is the latest character in Marvel's diversification of classic heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 7:08am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 12:03pm

Tony Stark is out, and Riri Williams is in.

A black woman is taking over Stark's Iron Man suit as part of Marvel's "Marvel NOW!" relaunch this fall.

Williams is a 15-year-old student at MIT who comes to Stark's attention when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.

"Her brain is maybe a little better than his," Brian Michael Bendis, Williams' creator, told TIME. "She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique."

This is the latest addition to Marvel's plans to diversify its classic superheroes. There's already a female Thor, a Muslim-American Captain Marvel named Kamala Khan, and a black Latino Spider-Man named Miles Morales — who was also created by Bendis.

Though many see the new additions as a a step forward in Marvel's long tradition of making white men the superheroes, there is still pushback to the new class of diverse heroes.

"Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realise how racist they sound," Bendis said.

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