Riri Williams on a variant cover of Ironheart #1. Art by Luciano Vecchio.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCameo appearance:
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7 (May 2016)
Full appearance:
Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #9 (July 2016)
Created byBrian Michael Bendis
Mike Deodato
Eve Ewing
Kevin Libranda
In-story information
Alter egoRiri Williams
Team affiliationsChampions
Stark Industries
Notable aliasesIron Man
Lady Ironheart
Queen of Latveria
AbilitiesSkilled inventor and Engineer
Super Genius-level Intellect

Ironheart (Riri Williams) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created in 2015 by writers Brian Michael Bendis, and artist Mike Deodato, and later redesigned by Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda.

Publication history

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Riri Williams on a variant cover of Invincible Iron Man vol. 3 #1. Art by Jeff Dekal.

Riri Williams, created by Brian Michael Bendis and designed by Mike Deodato, first appeared in Invincible Iron Man Vol. 2 #7,[1] written by Bendis and drawn by Deodato.[2][3] She then made her first significant appearance two issues later.[4]

Williams later starred in the third volume of Invincible Iron Man, starting in late 2016,[3] under the codename Ironheart,[5] using armor designed by Stefano Caselli, the artist of the new volume.[6]

Fictional character biography

Riri Williams is a 15-year-old engineering student and the daughter of the late Riri Williams Sr. Following her father's death, Riri lives with her mother Ronnie and her paternal aunt Sharon in Chicago. A certified super-genius, she attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on scholarship.[7][8] Working alone, Riri designs a suit of armor similar to the Iron Man Armor using material stolen from campus. When campus security knocks at her door, she flees while wearing the suit.[9]

When Williams prevents two inmates from escaping the New Mexico State Penitentiary, her suit is damaged.[10] Upon returning to her mother's house, Riri continued to work on improving the suit, much to the dismay of her aunt. Tony Stark hears of Riri's accomplishment and goes to meet her. During their meeting, Tony Stark decides that he will endorse her decision to become a superheroine.[8]

Appearing in her Rescue armor following the "Civil War II" storyline, Pepper Potts confronts Riri Williams and her Tony Stark A.I. in an attempt to explain the problems of being a superhero. They are then attacked by Techno Golem and her Biohack Ninjas.[11] As Riri flees and Pepper fights them, Techno Golem tries to find out how Pepper knows Riri.[12] When Techno Golem's armor breaks and Tomoe tries to instead attack Riri, Pepper uses her Rescue armored gauntlets and knocks Tomoe out. When Sharon Carter formally meets Riri after the arrest of Tomoe and the Biohack Ninjas, Pepper tells Riri that they will talk again.[13] Pepper Potts, Mary Jane Watson, Friday, Tony Stark's A.I., and Stark's biological mother Amanda Armstrong are in the Hall of Armor with Riri when she demonstrates her knowledge of each of the Iron Man armors. When Amanda Armstrong offers to allow Riri to use Tony Stark's labs as her base of operations, Riri is hesitant but Pepper encourages her. The next day at her home, Riri's family is visited by the head of M.I.T. She wants Riri to continue working there, as it has gotten sloppy since she left. Riri would also be allowed to use the laboratories at the school. After working in one of the labs, Riri asks the Tony Stark A.I. to find her something to blow off some steam. The Tony Stark A.I. locates Armadillo during a crime spree and Riri uses the Ironheart armor to defeat Armadillo. She is then approached by the Champions, who offer her membership into their group.[14]

During the Secret Empire storyline, Ironheart is seen fighting the Army of Evil during Hydra's takeover of the United States. Baron Helmut Zemo has Blackout surround Manhattan with Darkforce after enhancing him with the powers of the Darkhold. Riri sends a distress signal to all available heroes to meet her in Washington, D.C.. Ironheart and Falcon II join up with the Champions to assist in the underground's fight against Hydra's takeover of the country. They later follow Black Widow when she makes her own plans for Captain America. During training, the young heroes disagree about Black Widow's brutality and mercilessness. The heroes later infiltrate a Hydra base to find someone crucial to Black Widow's plan. Black Widow later tells them that they are going to have to kill Steve Rogers, after Hydra destroys the Underground hideout. In Washington, as their assault begins, Spider-Man fights Captain America, but Black Widow intervenes and is killed. Just as Spider-Man is about to kill Steve Rogers, the others convince him to not do it and they all get arrested.[15] She also helped the Champions search for survivors in Las Vegas, Nevada after its destruction by Hydra.[16]

Riri is later startled to learn that her android teammate Viv Vision has developed a crush on her, which initially revolts her.[17] Later, her mind - and that of several other Champions - is corrupted by Mephisto's son Blackheart, turning her against her teammates.[18] However, when Riri is about to destroy Viv, it is the latter's honest apology for not considering her feelings which snaps her out of Blackheart's control and finally makes her acknowledge Viv's affection.[19]


Date Sales rank Issue Price Publisher Units sold to comic stores
November 2016 5 Invincible Iron Man 1 $3.99 Marvel 97,713[20]
Dec 2016 13 Invincible Iron Man 2 $3.99 Marvel 81,271
Jan 2017 346 Invincible Iron Man 3 $3.99 Marvel 44,181
Feb 2017 56 Invincible Iron Man 4 $3.99 Marvel 36,600
March 2017 51 Invincible Iron Man 5 $3.99 Marvel 38,746
April 2017 69 Invincible Iron Man 6 $3.99 Marvel 31,561
May 2017 89 Invincible Iron Man 7 $3.99 Marvel 28,266
June 2017 64 Invincible Iron Man 8 $3.99 Marvel 33,428
July 2017 71 Invincible Iron Man 9 $3.99 Marvel 30,128
Aug 2017 80 Invincible Iron Man 10 $3.99 Marvel 27,675
Sept 2017 62 Invincible Iron Man 11 $3.99 Marvel 34,015
Nov 2018 45 Ironheart 1 $4.99 Marvel 40,739
Jan 2019 123 Ironheart 2 $4.99 Marvel 17,507
Feb 2019 123 Ironheart 3 $4.99 Marvel 14,189


The character of Riri Williams initially received criticism for having an inaccurate portrayal of a typical black female teenager,[21] and the lack of an actual black female writer for the character.[22]

Alternate versions

Ultimate Marvel

In the 2017 comic Spider-Men II, an alternate universe version of Riri Williams is a member of the Ultimates.[23]

In other media


Internet video

Video games


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