Marvel has announced that a new "Invincible Iron Man" #1 is on the way. As part of their Marvel NOW! initiative, the series -- announced via Time -- will follow newcomer Riri Williams as she dons the Iron Man armor. Brian Michael Bendis, the writer of the current "Invincible Iron Man" series, will stay on board for the relaunch; joining him is artist Stefano Caselli ("All-New Inhumans").
The new series will see Stark step down as Iron Man and Riri Williams take his place. But just because we know that Stark will pass on the Iron mantle after "Civil War II" doesn't mean we know the event's ending. "I can tell you just because we're hearing what we're saying doesn't know you mean how 'Civil War II' ends," said Bendis to Time. "We're not telling you the end, at all."
Originally introduced in full in "Invincible Iron Man" #9, Riri Williams is a 15-year-old M.I.T. student who took it upon herself to build her own set of Iron Man armor. Riri's role in the post-"Civil War II" Marvel landscape looks to be a big one; in addition to starring in "Invincible Iron Man," she also stood at the front of one of the groups in the Marvel NOW! teaser image.
Bendis also notes that Stark is aware of who Riri is and he might just realize that she may be better than him. "He's also aware that this young woman is flying by him in terms of how quickly she's doing it," said Bendis. "Her brain is maybe a little better than his. She looks at things from a different perspective that makes the armor unique. He can't help but go maybe I should buy her out."