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Sorry, Iron Maiden fans, but new Iron Man character will be Ironheart

Riri Williams, the teen genius who built her own Iron Man suit, will take on the name in November's "Invincible Iron Man #1."

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Ironheart soars into action in November.


The new hero to wear Tony Stark's famed suit in the Marvel comics isn't a man, so the name Iron Man seemed a little weird.

When 15-year-old genius Riri Williams takes on the role in November, she'll be known as Ironheart, Wired reported on Monday.

Williams has already been introduced in the current run of "Invincible Iron Man," where she met Tony Stark. She's a science whiz who enrolls at MIT at just 15 and built her own Iron Man suit in her dorm room. (Actor Robert Downey Jr. has already enthusiastically approved of the new character in a July tweet.)

Other names got batted around, comic writer Brian Michael Bendis told Wired. "Iron Woman seemed old fashioned to some," Bendis said. And sorry, heavy-metal fans. "Iron Maiden looked like a legal nightmare."

But Ironheart. Ah, now that even offered a tie-in to the very reason Tony Stark needed his powerful armor in the first place.

"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," Bendis said. "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."