Ironheart: The MCU’s Next Breakout Star

by Robert D'Ottavi

Ironheart_Vol_1_1_Vecchio_Variant_Textless-300x169 Ironheart: The MCU's Next Breakout StarRiri Williams/Ironheart is one of the more recent Marvel Comic characters to become an overnight success. Since the character’s debut in 2016, fans have been clamoring to see Ironheart on the big screen. According to a new rumor, that wish could come true in spectacular fashion. So, let’s talk about Ironheart: The MCU’s next breakout star.

Iron Man’s legacy in the MCU will remain iconic. From 2008 to 2019, Robert Downey Jr gave his all as Tony Stark and laid the groundwork for one of the most unique franchises in recent memory. While Stark is not rumored to return to the MCU, according to The Cinema Spot, Ironheart is.

Before we get into the rumor, who is Ironheart? Well, Riri Williams was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato in 2016. The character is a 15-year-old engineering student at MIT, who builds her very own Iron Man suit, in honor of her hero, Tony Stark.

Ironheart: The MCU’s Next Breakout Star

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Since the character’s debut, Ironheart has become a pop-culture icon. Despite not yet appearing in live-action, the character has been the subject of an official marketing campaign created by MIT, one of the best universities in the world. The character first appeared in Invincible Iron Man #7, from 2016. Since then, Ironheart has appeared on the Spider-Man cartoon show on DisneyXD, as well as Marvel Rising, from the same network.

According to The Cinema Spot, Ironheart will star in her very own Disney+ series, which the studio is eyeing to begin production next year. As of right now, the studio is taking pitches for the show, and thus, we have no casting/production news.

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Much like Kamala Khan, Ironheart is a fantastic character to invest in. Marvel is making some truly honorable strides in order to be more inclusive, and Ironheart is the latest example. As of right now, Williams’ first cameo appearance (in a 9.8 grade) is trading for a mere $150 (USD) on eBay. Just for reference, Kamala Khan’s first appearance is now selling for over $700.

If you were to look at Ironheart’s first full-appearance, the prices are rather similar. Invincible Iron Man #9 is going for $299 in a 9.8 grade. In all honesty, there won’t be a better time to invest in Riri Williams. With Spider-Man’s role in the MCU up in the air after 2021’s Spider-Man 3, if worse comes to worst, Ironheart could fill that youthful spot on the Avengers line-up, which would only see her books escalate in value.

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RJ Taylor June 10, 2020 - 1:11 pm

lol, eh? Ironheart is NOT a pop culture Icon.. I’d say 4 out of 5 collectors/readers think this character and story arc is Trash and are PISSED Marvel Studios/MCU are developing this character.. #cmonman lol Just sayin..

Robert D'Ottavi June 10, 2020 - 7:33 pm

I think a lot of young women (especially those of colour) hold the character very close to their heart as it reminds them of themselves.

steve centonzo June 11, 2020 - 7:02 am

sure it does.

RJ Taylor June 11, 2020 - 5:04 pm

Not sure why you are bringing race into this conversation, as we are all 1 big family under 1 big umbrella.To be frank, a REALLY weak and cheap way to respond to just pointing out the misrepresentations in your article.

As I’m sure there are many bright young woman(of all shapes and sizes) that adore ,”Riri Williams aka Ironheart”, She is NOT a “Pop-culture favorite.” TBPH, I think it is Not a fair or equal comparison to KK aka Ms Marvel. Not even close.. I will go as far as saying,” Ironheart aka Riri Williams entering the MCU ( is more likely) to be a disappointment for over 51% (lol) of,”Pop Culture Fans”.

Just so you know, I own a 2 Invincible Iron Man #7 9.8’s & 1 9.6 and have 9 raw (9.8 worthy) copies of Inv. Iron Man #9 (1st print). This is a character I have collected for a while now..

Ivan R Roliz June 11, 2020 - 8:14 am

It would put Marvel MCU/Disney in the front of STEM, women powerment, and racial equality. The back story will be recreated to help viewers accept her. I feel that it is a matter of time until she comes into the works.

Ivan Roliz July 10, 2020 - 11:34 pm

Robert D’Ottavi, I wanted to write sooner but agreeing with you article may scary people into buying all of her books. Riri Williams was the hiding underneath the comic book communities anger for replacing Iron-Man. It happened in the books and it might happen in the movies. The younger generation is craving for diversity in our heroes movies. All of the signs were pointing to her: Cartoon appearances; comic book titles; and even Robert Downey Jr. asked for her. I have been hunting for Riri Williams’ 3rd and 2nd prints. One book you might want to look into, is Vol.2 Champions #22. That is all I am going to say because I think you could write a great article on it. Enjoy!


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