Dominique Thorne who was announced earlier this year to play Riri Williams aka Ironheart has just been announced to appear in the highly anticipated sequel to Black Panther.
According to an interview with Comicbook.com Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed the news while speaking about the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
“We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first,” he told Comicbook.com. “She started shooting, I think, this week before her ‘Ironheart’ series.”
Riri Williams is a 15-year-old girl from Chicago and super genius who becomes the successor to Iron Man following Tony Stark’s death.
Throughout Volume 3, we find Ironheart challenging herself to fight villains all over the United States, while still trying to perfect her armor. At the end of issue 1, Tony Starks’ “consciousness” steps in to give Riri the artificial intelligence she’d been working hard to create. Throughout their training, the young heroine is faced with technical and battle-related challenges that lead her to reminisce about difficult times in her past—a few being the murder of her father, and watching the killings of her stepfather and best friend Natalie.
While battling replicas of Ironman in training, Starks’ Artificial Intelligence tells Riri that she must stop running from her attackers because running would make the training more difficult; later even implying that Riri does this in her personal life, as she hasn’t had a best friend, or even an acquaintance, since Natalie’s death.
Dominique Thorne appeared in the Barry Jenkins film If Beale Street Could Talk.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on July 8, 2022