Who should replace Iron Man in the MCU? Tom Holland says Ironheart


Spider-Man actor Tom Holland revealed that he wants to see teenage girl hero Ironheart in the MCU. Us too, Holland. Us too.

It’s been several months since Avengers: Endgame left us all emotionally scarred and working our way through boxes of Kleenex. But as the April hit shattered records and hearts, the MCU was already moving on with the next MCU film, Spider-Man: Far From Home — hitting theaters just next week. Except there’s a few shoes that need filling in the future Marvel lineup, the largest of which belong to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.

And who better to fill them than teenage girl-genius Riri Williams, aka Ironheart.

At least that is what Robert Downey Jr. has said. And now, Tom Holland just revealed that he completely agrees.

Downey voiced his support for Ironheart stepping into the MCU in Chicago during the Gene Siskel Film Center Gala — something Ironheart writer Eve Ewing seemed pretty pumped about judging from her Twitter reaction.

And now Tom Holland has cast his vote for Ironheart as well, reportedly telling Fandom that Ironheart would be “a cool person to bring to the big screen.”

“The multiverse opens up so many doors,” he continued, “where we can introduce so many cool new characters like Ironheart.”

Whether or not Holland’s comments have any weight, he’s right about one thing – Ironheart would be a major cool, new character to see on the big screen.

Riri Williams, the girl behind the Ironheart suit, is a 15-year=old tech genius who built her own suit modeled after Stark’s iconic Iron Man. She first appeared in 2016’s Invincible Iron Man #7, and quickly gained a fan following, eventually getting a redesign at the hands of Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda, including a solo series. Ironheart is now a member of the Champions team, alongside Miles Morales/Spider-Man, who was the star of last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

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While Ironheart’s cinematic future with the MCU is unknown, being backed by Holland and Downey is no small thing. Having a teenage girl of color stepping into the shoes of one of the MCU’s most beloved heroes would be a huge step forward in representation and diversity, and it’s a step we definitely hope MCU will take.