The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has released a new admissions video advertising the university’s upcoming decision day, when prospective students are notified about their acceptance to (or rejection from) the university. Largely a science and mathematics school, MIT has enlisted the help of one of Marvel Comics’ newest additions — super-genius Riri Williams, also known as Ironheart — to advertise the looming date.
A student credited as Ayomide F. portrays Williams as she goes from distracted student to creator when she builds a replica Iron Man suit, famously created and worn by the Marvel Comics Avenger Tony Stark. Once the armor is completed, Riri goes airborne after leaping from one of the university’s taller buildings.
Williams eventually finds her way to the office of the university’s Dean of Admissions, Stu Schmill, where she picks up a metal tube containing student acceptance letters. After the video’s narrative ends, prospective students are reminded that “not all heroes wear capes — but some carry tubes.” The video’s production value is impressive, incorporating numerous drone shots of Boston and several of the close-up suit interface shots popularized by Marvel’s “Iron Man” films.
The video closely follows Williams’ relatively recent arc, which started with “Invincible Iron Man” #7 last year. Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli, Williams went on to take up the mantle of Ironheart after Stark fell into a coma during the events of Marvel’s “Civil War II.”
Williams’s path to becoming a superhero began when she was a student at MIT. Determined by doctors to be a super-genius at a young age, Williams began creating a replica Iron Man suit from scraps salvaged around campus. She reverse-engineered Stark’s Iron Man Armor Model 41, a version primarily designed to survive the harsh vacuum of space, and put together a working prototype which she used to roundup escaped criminals in New Mexico. Stark later learned of Riri’s efforts in New Mexico and approved. She later aided him in the second Civil War by using an upgraded version of her armor.
MIT is one of the most prestigious universities in the United States. The college receives roughly 200,000 applications this year, but will likely only accept 8% of students who applied. Decision day falls on March 14, or Pi Day, which is a day that celebrates the mathematical constant that begins with 3.14. Decision day notifications will be posted at 6:28 p.m., which is a play on Tau, also known as two-times pi. Admissions decisions will be posted at decisions.mit.edu.
(via Boston Globe)
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