Ironheart writer Eve Ewing revealed Downey Jr. said he wanted the teenage hero in the MCU at the Gene Siskel Film Center Gala in Chicago. Ewing was introducing the actor at the event.
The real story here is that @RobertDowneyJr said publicly in a room full of people that #Ironheart should be in the MCU. I went straight back to the press area afterward and was like YOU ALL HEARD IT, WRITE THAT DOWN https://t.co/WoursjnRdW— wikipedia brown, consistent hand-washer (@eveewing) June 16, 2019
First appearing in 2016's Invincible Iron Man #7, Riri Williams/Ironheart was created by Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato and later re-designed by Ewing and Kevin Libranda. A genius inventor, Williams creates her own suit of armor similar to that of Iron Man, catching the billionaire futurist's eye. She's become one of Marvel Comics fan favorite heroes and is currently part of the Champions team alongside Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Viv Vision, Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel and more.
Downey Jr. played Tony Stark/Iron Man in the MCU from 2008 until Avengers: Endgame. Although his character was the face of the multi-billion dollar franchise, Joe Russo previously said the actor will not reprise the role anytime soon.
Ironheart #8, by writer Eve Ewing and artist Luciano Vecchio, hits shelves July 10.