JAKARTA – After Tony Stark aka Iron Man dies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios plans to continue the story of the man in sophisticated armor. The Ironheart series will feature Tony’s successor, Riri Williams. Apparently, before Ironheart appeared in the Disney+ series his solo would first debut in the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and be played by actor Dominique Thorne.
The news of Dominique’s arrival in the Black Panther sequel was conveyed by the President of Marvel Studios himself, Kevin Feige. Reporting from GameSpot, Monday (23/8/2021), Kevin revealed that “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is shooting now, and the character of Riri Williams will debut in this film.”
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“He will start coming to the set sometime this week before filming the Ironheart series.”
The name Dominique Thorne was first announced on Disney Investor Day which was held last December 2020. In this series, Dominique will play Riri Williams, a black girl who is extraordinarily intelligent and chosen to be Iron Man’s successor as a superhero named Ironheart.
Riri Williams was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and comic artist Mike Deodato as the successor to Tony Stark in 2016’s Invincible Iron Man. In the comics, Riri is a 15-year-old engineer who managed to create his own Iron Man armor while studying at MIT.
After news of his creation spread, Tony personally contacted Riri and gave her his blessing to continue his struggle as Iron Man. In the Ironheart series later, it is not yet known whether Robert Downey Jr. will return to play Tony Stark even if only briefly; Fans can only hope to see Tony again after his funeral at the end of Avengers: Endgame.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in addition to starring Dominique, will also star Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Danai Gurira, and is scheduled to be released on July 8, 2022. While the Ironheart series doesn’t have a broadcast schedule so far, it will be available on the Disney+ streaming service.