Riri Williams becomes one of the most intelligent Avengers to join the team and makes her debut in the 'Black Panther' sequel.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is expanding now to include more characters like the Fantastic Four, mutants, and now Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) as Ironheart. While she was initially set to appear in Armor Wars along with James Rhodes aka War Machine, her appearance has now been moved up to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming out on November 11, 2022. While the new Black Panther film may introduce her character, Ironheart will definitely establish her character as a full-fledged superhero in the show.
While there isn’t a trailer out yet for Ironheart, it is teased that Anthony Ramos has joined the cast as the villain, The Hood. Additionally, there is much comic lore that could explore her backstory like how she was essentially an introvert her whole life before overcoming challenges with communication using her intelligence and eventually joining MIT before she even became a teenager.
However, not all her dreams came true as her step-father and her best friend Natalie die in a drive-by shooting. This crime becomes the reason she evolves into a superhero. Essentially, we might see her coming to terms with his death in the new Black Panther movie and see how her vigilanteism helps the community in the show. Let’s not forget that Riri Williams Sr., her biological father who is presumed to be dead actually fakes it and joins the Ten Rings. Since Shang-Chi references have been making appearances in almost every Marvel project at the moment (Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, The Marvels possibly), it is quite expected for the Ten Rings lore to get even more complicated.
As mentioned above, Dominique Thorne will be joining the cast as Riri Williams or Ironheart, while Shea Couleé, Manny Montana, and Alden Ehrenreich joining in roles undisclosed at the moment. Anthony Ramos who is known for his successes in Hamilton and In the Heights is set to join the show as The Hood or Parker Robbins. Apart from them, there hasn’t been any news, pictures or videos from the set.
Produced by Ryan Coogler and wife Zizi Coogler, the show will be helmed by directors Samantha Bailey (You're So Talented) and Angela Barnes (Blindspotting). Writing for the six episodes in this season are headed by Chinaka Hodge (Snowpiercer) and Eve Ewing, the sociologist that penned the Ironheart comics and will be debuting her writing in Hollywood with this show.
Ironheart is set to come out on Disney+ in the fall of next year (2023). But viewers needn’t wait so long, because Ironheart will make a (hopefully) prolonged appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming out November 11, 2022.