Avengers: Endgame went and killed off Tony Stark, reducing his billions of fans around the globe to emotional wrecks and leaving them to wonder how Marvel will ever manage to replace Robert Downey Jr. and find someone else to fill the iron armor. Maybe the best idea comes to us from recent comics, with the introduction of teen hero Ironheart. Could she perhaps appear in the MCU in time? We’ll have to wait and see, but Downey Jr. himself certainly hopes so.
Over the weekend, there was a gala held at the Gene Siskel Film Center, during which Eve Ewing – writer of the Ironheart solo comic – introduced Downey Jr. on stage. According to Ewing, the actor used the moment to tell the crowd that he thinks Ironheart should be in the MCU as Iron Man’s replacement, which is definitely something Ewing could get behind, too, going by her excitable tweet.
The real story here is that @RobertDowneyJr said publicly in a room full of people that #Ironheart should be in the MCU. I went straight back to the press area afterward and was like YOU ALL HEARD IT, WRITE THAT DOWN https://t.co/WoursjnRdW
— wikipedia brown, consistent hand-washer (@eveewing) June 16, 2019
So, who is Ironheart? Well, Riri Williams first appeared back in 2016, a creation of Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato (though Ewing and artist Kevin Libranda later put their own stamp on the character). Once Tony Stark was left in a coma after Civil War II, the world needed a new Iron Person and the 15-year-old prodigy stepped up to the plate, even creating her own armor. She also impressed Tony so much that he gave her an A.I. of himself to help her out.
The good news for Downey Jr., Ewing and the character’s fanbase is that the evidence is stacking up that introducing Ironheart into the MCU is exactly what Marvel is planning to do. There’ve been several rumors and reports on the topic, with We Got This Covered’s own source claiming that this is the path the studio wants to take with replacing Iron Man.
As we await official confirmation on that, though, tell us, how do you feel about Ironheart joining the franchise? Sound off in the comments section below.