Marvel’s got a brand new Iron Man who has a ton of people elated at the exciting new changes — but the character has the inevitable trolls rallying on social media, as well.
Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis recently revealed to Time magazine that his new character, who will take over for Tony Stark, is a 15-year-old black girl named Riri Williams. Jeff Dekal, a freelance illustrator, also took to Twitter to release his new comic cover featuring Riri.
— JEFF DEKAL (@jeffdekal) July 6, 2016
While many non-Marvel and Marvel fans alike are embracing the fact that Bendis has created a new badass hero who happens to be black and a girl, it (sadly) isn’t surprising that there’s already been backlash online.
“Marvel is again desperate to pander to the current PC social trends by recasting their established superheroes. I’ve had enough. I’m officially off the Marvel bandwagon. DC, I’m yours,” wrote one commenter on an Entertainment Weekly thread. Another echoed, “It’s only a matter of time before Batman is a 68 year old disabled pacific islander woman whom is Otherkin and literally identifies as a actual bat.”
And, big shocker, the Twitter war between those haters and those who are into Riri as the new Iron Man is on in full effect.
Consider this; the new NickFury(black) actually turned out better than the original.
— Aiga (@megasrlx709) July 6, 2016
eh, this is 2016 we don't need gender roles. I like it!
— chase (@chasetraub) July 6, 2016
Srsly? SO IronMan's waiting to really save the world? Y've a problem with "PROGRESS" or just seeing more than a white world?
— Coree M. Ciamarra (@coreemcelderry) July 6, 2016
As far as Bendis is concerned, he’s very aware of the criticism of his newly written character — he’s come under fire before for creating Marvel’s Miles Morales, Jessica Jones and Maria Hill — but he’s not going to let any of the negativity slow his roll.
“Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realize how racist they sound,” Bendis told Time. “I’m not saying if you criticize you’re a racist, but if someone writes, ‘Why do we need Riri Williams, we already have Miles?’ that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character, and maybe they’ll realize over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking.”
What do you think of Bendis’ creation of Riri Williams?
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