Marvel’s New Iron Man Is A 15 Year Old Teenager?

Rumors of a fourth Iron Man film resurfaced recently, with a release date somewhere around 2020.

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There’s a new Iron Man in town and it’s not a man at all. Marvel Comics are ready to re-launch the Invincible Iron Man series, that’s a part from the All-New, All-Different Marvel era. However, since Tony Stark is no longer Iron Man, stepping into the big shoes will be 15-year-old Riri Williams who was introduced after Civil War II. But who is Riri Williams? Well, Williams is an incredibly brilliant teen who at the age of 15 is already enrolled at MIT.

A further testament to her scientific genius is the fact that she manages to build her own suit in her dorm room. Brian Michael Bendis, who created the character, will be writing the new volume, with Stefano Caselli doing the art. This is not the first time Bendis has played with the introduction of new and diverse characters, though, and we’re sure that he will not disappoint. In an interview for TIME, Bendis spoke about the upcoming issues, as well as the way he deals with fan pressure.

“Thankfully because of my involvement in the creation of Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and some other characters, it’s getting the benefit of the doubt from even the most surly fans,” Bendis says. “There are fans who say, ‘Show us the new stuff,’ and then there are fans who say, ‘Don’t do anything different from when I was a kid.’ So when you’re introducing new characters, you’re always going to have people getting paranoid about us ruining their childhood.”

He says that he has complete faith in Caselli and the other artists to portray Riri and the other visuals in a manner that he thinks will best fit the story. “I’ve been down this road with Miles Morales, Jessica Jones, Maria Hill. I knew I was in good hands with Mike Deodato and other artists who are helping visualize Riri.” While, as Bendis stated, fans are undoubtedly excited to see the introduction of new characters, many are also waiting to find out about Tony Stark’s fate.

He has urged fans not to jump to any conclusions as the introduction of Riri doesn’t necessarily mean the end of Tony Stark. “More people are going to be upset that they think they know the ending to Civil War II now than anything we just talked about,” Bendis says. “But I can tell you just because we’re hearing what we’re saying doesn’t know you mean how Civil War II ends. We’re not telling you the end, at all.”

Rumors of a fourth Iron Man film resurfaced recently, with a release date somewhere around 2020. However, given Downey’s age by the time the film will begin production, it’s not a stretch to imagine an actor change for the fourth film, with Downey’s character playing a more peripheral role. But, as Bendis said, let’s just wait for the new issue of the comic book to come out first and refrain from speculation.