Time- There’s a new Iron Man. Well, Iron Man for now. She’s still working on the name. The events at the end of the comic book event series Civil War II will result in Tony Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit and a new character, Riri Williams, taking over, Marvel tells TIME. (Note: Tony’s departure doesn’t mean you know the end to Civil War II yet.)
Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm. Creator and Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis spoke exclusively to TIME about the creation of Riri Williams with book artist Stefano Caselli and Marvel’s increasingly diverse cast of characters.
I am not going to lie, I read that tweet like five times and my brain was in a perpetual state of spinning in a loop like a dog chasing its tail. I thought that living in 2016 would have me prepared for anything, but just something about the way that tweet was worded caused my mind to melt while I kept saying “It’s Iron Man not Iron Lady” in my head like Champ Kind. But if that’s how Marvel wants to roll, that’s fine. Because if I have learned one thing, it’s that people these days hate being tied to titles. So if you wanna get crazy Marvel, lets get crazy. Make Captain America a Russian, put a stinger on Spiderman’s ass, and give Invisible Woman a nine inch long dick that would make Peter North jealous. Boom, some of your biggest comic book heroes are now progressive and forward-thinking while those fuckers at DC, with their “Batman” and their “Superman”, look like a bunch of misogynistic pigs. You could write an entire text book about how to weaponize P.R. in the 21st century with this announcement.