As we learned back at the beginning of July, a Marvel character by the name of Riri Williams will be taking up Tony Stark's Iron Man mantle shortly after the events of Civil War II. The change is notable for several reasons, the greatest of which is that Riri Williams is a 15-year-old black girl.
At the time of the announcement, Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis played cagey with the details in regards to how this changing of the Iron guard might take place. He didn't even offer up a new name for the character. There was some speculation as to whether or not the character's name would change under the Riri administration - maybe they'd stick with Iron Man; maybe Riri would become Iron Girl, or Iron Woman - but nothing was confirmed.
That changed this morning, when it was revealed that, while wearing Tony Stark's armor, Riri Williams would be known as Ironheart. Says Bendis (in a new interview with Wired, who broke the news):
"Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some (and) Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare.
Ironheart, coined by Joe Quesada, after I told him my planned story for Riri, speaks not only to the soul of the character but to the Iron Man franchise as a whole. Tony first put on the armor to save his heart. Riri puts it on for different reasons altogether but still heart-related. When people see her story, you’ll be amazed at how simple and brilliant Joe’s suggestion was.”
Y'know what? I like it! I also like this new Ironheart image that Wired debuted.
If you're curious, you can read more about Ironheart's backstory - how Riri Williams came to be in possession of Stark's armor, and what role Tony Stark will play in this new series - over at Wired's post on the matter. The rest of you are encouraged to hit the comments and let us know what you think of the Ironheart name.