Riri Williams, a black, female MIT student, is to take over as the iconic Marvel character Iron Man in the comics, replacing Tony Stark.
A storyline called Civil War II, the original was the basis for the latest Captain America film will see Tony Stark hanging up his robosuit and making way for Riri Williams: a university student, teenage genius, and a dark-skinned woman with Afro hair.
The news comes as rival comics company DC launched a series of high school superhero dolls aimed at girls, including its first African-American female superhero, Bumblebee.
And Riri Williams is probably only a couple of years older than she. Enrolled in the prestigious university aged just 15, Riri crossed Tony’s radar when he realises someone is making Iron Man suits on site.
While Marvel’s film studios have been slow to progress – it has yet to make the much called-forBlack Widow standalone film, and has only just started work on films with a lead female or black character – its comics have worked faster, especially in terms of female superheroes.