Riri Williams on a variant cover of Ironheart #1. Art by Luciano Vecchio.
|First appearance||Cameo appearance:|
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7 (May 2016)
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #9 (July 2016)
|Created by||Brian Michael Bendis|
|Alter ego||Riri Williams|
|Notable aliases||Iron Man|
|Abilities||Skilled inventor and engineer|
Ironheart (Riri Williams) is a fictional comic book superhero appearing in publications by the American publisher Marvel Comics. The character was created in 2015 by writers Brian Michael Bendis, and artist Mike Deodato, and later redesigned by Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda.
Riri Williams, created by Brian Michael Bendis and designed by Mike Deodato, first appeared in Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7, written by Bendis and drawn by Deodato. She then made her first significant appearance two issues later.
Fictional character biography
Riri Williams is a 15-year-old engineering student who is the daughter of the late Riri Williams Sr. Following Riri Williams Sr.'s death, Riri lived with her mother and her paternal aunt Sharon. She started attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on scholarship. Working alone, Riri designs a suit of armor similar to the Iron Man armor using material stolen from campus. When campus security knocks at her door, she flees by putting on the suit and escaping.
When Williams prevents two inmates from escaping the New Mexico State Penitentiary, her suit is damaged. Upon returning to her mother's house, Riri continued to work on improving the suit, much to the dismay of her aunt. Tony Stark hears of Riri's accomplishment and goes to meet her. During their meeting, Tony Stark states to Riri that he will endorse her decision to be a superhero.
Appearing in her Rescue armor following the "Civil War II" storyline, Pepper Potts confronted Riri Williams and her Tony Stark A.I. in an attempt to tell Riri the problems of being a superhero only for them to be attacked by Techno Golem and her Biohack Ninjas. As Riri flees, Pepper fights against Techno Golem and her Biohack Ninjas as Techno Golem tries to get answers from Pepper on how she knows Riri. When Techno Golem's armor breaks and Tomoe tries to attack Riri, Pepper fires her Rescue armor's gauntlets at Tomoe which knocked her out. Upon Sharon Carter formally meeting Riri after the arrest of Tomoe and the Biohack Ninjas, Pepper states to Riri that they will talk again as she flies off in her Rescue armor. Pepper Potts was present with Mary Jane Watson, Friday, the Tony Stark A.I., and Tony Stark's biological mother Amanda Armstrong when they are in the Hall of Armor where Riri voices her knowledge of each of the Iron Man armors. When Amanda Armstrong offers to have Riri let Tony Stark's labs be her base of operations, Riri is hesitant as Pepper encourages her. The next day at her home, Riri's family is visited by the headmistress at M.I.T. who would like Riri to continue working there as it has gotten sloppy since she left. In addition, Riri will be allowed to use the laboratories there. After her work in one of the laboratories, Riri has the Tony Stark A.I. find her something to blow off some steam on. The Tony Stark A.I. finds Armadillo on a crime spree enabling Riri as Ironheart to defeat Armadillo. Afterwards, she is approached by the Champions who offer her membership into their group.
During the Secret Empire storyline, Ironheart is seen fighting the Army of Evil at the time of Hydra's takeover of the United States. After Baron Helmut Zemo has Blackout surround Manhattan with Darkforce upon enhancing him with the powers of the Darkhold, Riri has the Tony Stark A.I. send a distress signal to all available heroes to meet her in Washington DC as fast as they can. Following Hydra's takeover, Ironheart and Falcon II join up with the Champions when they assist the Underground. She and the Champions later followed Black Widow when she makes her own plans for Captain America. During their training, the young heroes argue over Black Widow's brutality and mercilessness. During a mission, the heroes infiltrate a Hydra base to find someone crucial to Black Widow's plan. They're later told by Black Widow that they are going to kill Steve Rogers, after Hydra attacked the Underground's hideout and destroyed it. In Washington DC, at the beginning of their assault, Spider-Man begins to fight Captain America when Black Widow intervenes and gets killed. Just as Spider-Man is about to kill Steve Rogers, the others convince him to not do it and get arrested. She also helped the Champions in searching for survivors in Las Vegas, Nevada after it was destroyed by Hydra.
|Date||Sales rank||Issue||Price||Publisher||Units sold to comic stores|
|November 2016||5||Invincible Iron Man 1||$3.99||Marvel||97,713|
|Dec 2016||13||Invincible Iron Man 2||$3.99||Marvel||81,271|
|Jan 2017||46||Invincible Iron Man 3||$3.99||Marvel||44,181|
|Feb 2017||56||Invincible Iron Man 4||$3.99||Marvel||36,600|
|March 2017||51||Invincible Iron Man 5||$3.99||Marvel||38,746|
|April 2017||69||Invincible Iron Man 6||$3.99||Marvel||31,561|
|May 2017||89||Invincible Iron Man 7||$3.99||Marvel||28,266|
|June 2017||64||Invincible Iron Man 8||$3.99||Marvel||33,428|
|July 2017||71||Invincible Iron Man 9||$3.99||Marvel||30,128|
|Aug 2017||80||Invincible Iron Man 10||$3.99||Marvel||27,675|
|Sept 2017||62||Invincible Iron Man 11||$3.99||Marvel||34,015|
|Nov 2018||45||Ironheart 1||$4.99||Marvel||40,739|
|Jan 2019||123||Ironheart 2||$4.99||Marvel||17,507|
|Feb 2019||123||Ironheart 3||$4.99||Marvel||14,189|
In the 2017 comic Spider-Men II, an Ultimate version of Riri Williams is seen as a member of the Ultimates alongside Hulk, Human Torch, Captain America, Giant-Man, Thor, Spider-Woman and the original Spider-Man of 1610.
In other media
- In March 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's admissions department released a short live-action video where Riri Williams / Ironheart, played by student Ayomide F., walks around campus, attends class, and builds an Ironheart suit in her dormitory.
- Riri Williams / Ironheart appears as a playable character in Marvel Puzzle Quest. This marks the character's debut in mobile games as well as the entire video game genre in general.
- Riri Williams / Ironheart appears as a playable character in Marvel Future Fight.
- Riri Williams / Ironheart appears in Marvel Avengers Academy, voiced by Dani Chambers.
- Riri Williams / Ironheart appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 in the "Champions" DLC.
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- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 3 #12
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 3 #7
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 3 #11
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 4 #3
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 4 #4
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 4 #5
- Invincible Iron Man Vol. 4 #6
- Secret Empire #0-7
- Champions Vol. 2 #11
- Champions Vol. 2 #27
- "November 2016 Comic Book Sales to Comics Shops". Comichron.
- Busch, Caitlin (2016-10-19). "Marvel's New Riri Williams Cover Has a Lot of Fans Pissed Off". Inverse. Archived from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
- Riesman, Abraham (2016-07-07). "Geeks Are Angry About Iron Man Becoming a Black Girl — But Not for the Reason You'd Think". Vulture. Archived from the original on 2019-04-03. Retrieved 2019-04-03.
- Sorrentino, Mike (October 2, 2018). "Iron Man Riri Williams is making her animated debut in Marvel Rising". CNET. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
- "MIT's admissions teaser features the new Iron Man — a black female superhero - The Boston Globe".
- "Piecing Together Marvel Puzzle Quest: Riri Williams".
- Marvel: Future Fight [@Marvel_FFightUS] (2017-01-11). "Kate Bishop, Ironheart, and Medusa are joining the fight. Check them out in the v2.8.0 update, now live! smarturl.it/playmffnow" (Tweet). Retrieved 2017-10-23 – via Twitter.
- "Dani Chambers Resume". Retrieved 2019-04-19.