Robert Downey Jr. Endorses Marvel Comics' Black, Female Iron Man

Move over, Tony Stark! There's a new Iron Man in town, and she has "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr.'s stamp of approval. After the events of "Civil War II," Riri Williams will take up the mantle in Brian Michael Bendis and Stefano Caselli's "Invincible Iron Man," and Downey threw his support behind her in a Tweet.

Get ready for a new generation of Marvel BAMF... pic.twitter.com/nMChfQkh0n

- Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) July 7, 2016

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," Bendis said in an earlier interview. "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.

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