When Riri Williams assumes the lead role in November's Invincible Iron Man relaunch, one thing she won't be getting is the 'Iron Man' name. Marvel has announced (via Wired) that Williams' superhero codename will be Ironheart. Although Williams was created by series writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato Jr., this new name was coined by former Iron Man writer and current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.
“Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some,” explained Bendis. “Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare. And 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.”
Ironheart was previously used by an alternate-universe Iron Man in the 2000 Marvel series Avataars: Covenant of the Shield. More recently, the name "Iron Heart" was used as a story-arc title for a 2009 War Machine title.
Tony Stark will continue to be a part of the new Invincible Iron Man series according to Marvel, in a manner of speaking. Riri's armor will possess an A.I. based on Stark's own personality.
“Regardless of where he might be physically,” said Marvel Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort, “he’ll be soaring along with her spiritually.”
Bendis will relaunch Invincible Iron Man in November with artist Stefano Caselli.