DOWNEY JR. AP­PROVES OF ‘BLACK, FE­MALE IRON MAN’

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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

PHOTO: TOBY MELVILLE/ REUTERS

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