Avengers: Endgame achieved a lot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but nothing quite stands up to the impact that Tony Stark’s sacrifice has had. The loss of Robert Downey Jr.’s Avenger has weighed heavy on the world, as seen in both Spider-Man: Far From Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
The exploration of the character’s legacy will once again come under the spotlight when Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart is properly introduced. Otherwise known as Riri Williams, the young MIT student will first be seen in this year’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and then in her own Disney+ series next year.
But how will she relate to Iron Man himself? After all, her namesake is clearly reminiscent of the hero, as is the armor she will wear. Fans have already gotten a glimpse at what she’ll be wearing at some point in Black Panther 2, and recently, new set photos have revealed her look in Ironheart.
Ironheart Plays on Tony Stark’s Legacy
New set photos from Ironheart have revealed the first look at Riri Williams’ new superhero suit of armor, revealing potential hints at how the show may call back to Robert Downey Jr.’s legacy as Tony Stark.
Many fans theorizing that the suit could actually be cobbled together from various parts of old Iron Man and/or War Machine suits:
With how active Tony Stark was around the world during his time as a superhero, he’s certainly left a footprint. And by footprint, it’s more like a lot of leftover waste.
Tony’s suits were constantly damaged and destroyed through the course of battle.. Iron Man 3 saw dozens and dozens of armors get lost to the wind, Africa is probably still home to some Hulkbuster bits and bobs, and the destruction of Avengers HQ in Endgame probably blew up a few prototypes armors as well.
This kind of behavior could also be a great starting off point for Armor Wars. If Riri Williams, a young MIT student, is getting all of these pieces of former Stark tech, she can’t be the only one doing so. There are likely more than a few bad apples using the technology for the wrong reason.
Fans will have to wait until Ironheart hits Disney+ in the fall of 2023. As for Armor Wars, well, hopefully, that one’s still happening in the first place.