Iron Man has gotten something of a revamp in Marvel Comics, as Tony Stark has stepped aside to make way for Riri Williams, a young MIT prodigy who reverse-engineered her own Iron Man armor. Taking the name "Ironheart," Riri is the star of the new Invincible Iron Man comic book series.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to age and evolve, replacements for familiar characters like Iron Man is going to be come increasingly necessary. Rather than recasting actors like Robert Downey Jr., Marvel Comics has created a pathway for Tony Stark to pass the torch to a younger hero - such as, the MCU version of Riri Williams.
Artist Boss Logic has unveiled his latest fan-casting image - and it is of pop singer Rihanna as Riri Williams:
Clearly this is some wishful thinking, as the whole point of Riri's character is that she's a teenage prodigy. Rihanna is nearly thirty years old, which would make her another Andrew Garfield type, playing way beneath her actual age. If new Spider-Man Tom Holland has proven anything so far, it's that youth is best portrayed onscreen by actual youth.
Still, Rihanna goes "Riri," and her physical appearance is definitely a fitting likeness for Riri Williams; however, if this were ever to really come to pass, it would definitely be one of those high-profile castings that comic book fans take isssue with.
Catch more of BossLogic's fan-cast artwork in the gallery below.
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Doctor Strange is in theaters now, and next up for Marvel is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2on May 5, 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.