Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a cave or something, you’ve heard that Tony Stark is quitting the Superhero business after Civil War II wraps and is handing the Iron Man mantle to a 15-year-old mechanical genius Riri Williams. The first question in many folks minds was, “What is she gonna call herself… Iron Girl…Iron Maiden…?” Now writer Brian Michael Bendis has revealed the new super hero code name that Riri will adopt when she takes the reins in The Invincible Iron Man #1 later this Fall.
In a recent interview with Wired Bendis talked about the name change and how that worked out:
Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some. Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.
It is interesting to see some of the behind the scenes of what goes into a character’s name, Marvel‘s lawyers probably even had a pass at it. Could this be how Marvel will handle the eventual retirement of Robert Downey Jr.? Downey is having a blast playing Tony Stark, and the role has afforded him a solid paycheck and fantastic celebrity, but sooner or later he’ll be ready to take off the armor and move on. Could Riri be the replacement until the movies reboot a character?