DOWNEY JR. APPROVES OF ‘BLACK, FEMALE IRON MAN’
Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. (right), known for his portrayal of Iron Man in the film franchise, is excited for Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl and a science genius, to take up the mantle.
Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis, earlier this week, revealed that Tony Stark will be replaced by Williams. Tony Stark will step out of the Iron Man suit at the end of the comic book crossover storyline, Civil War II, and Williams will take over. Downey Jr. extended support to Williams in a tweet. “Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF (bada** motherf **** r),” he wrote along with an image showing Williams in character.
Many fans, however, have issues with Bendis writing the new comic book. They wish a black woman was hired instead of a white man to write the story. “You can’t call these diverse stories without diverse voices,” wrote a fan. “I’m happy for all of these Black women leads in Marvel comics, but really wish the publisher would give Black women a chance to write them,” wrote another fan.
Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF (bada** motherf **** r) .... ACTOR DOWNEY JR. TWEETED ALONG WITH AN IMAGE SHOWING WILLIAMS AS THE NEW IRON MAN