In the Disney Investor presentation today, Dominique Thorne is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ironheart in a new series headed to Disney+.
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.
No further details about the series have been released.
Dominique Thorne appeared in the Barry Jenkins film If Beale Street Could Talk.