We’ve already been given plenty of reason to freak out about how awesome Marvel’s new Iron Man is (she’s 15-years-old, she’s black, she’s a genius, and she’s called IronHeart), but today we’re learning even more about Riri Williams and YASSSSS she is our new role model.
Her credentials make her far more qualified for the superhero position than anyone we’ve seen before.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis tells Time that the teenage science prodigy is even smarter than Tony Stark.
Pegged as a “super genius” at 5-years-old, her parents devote themselves to nurturing her mind, as well as her heart, after an educator tells them that they need to “ensure that she doesn’t become jaded with the world.”
Though she suffers a personal tragedy along the way, their guidance pays off, as Riri, while studying at MIT (at just 15!), builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.
Bendis tells Time, “I discovered, through research, that it is a thing that gifted children need desperately. As we say in the story: High intellects, out of frustration, can sometimes retreat into their own world. This young woman has had that burden, but she also has a grounded parent who helped her get to this point. But she also has had terrible tragedy that has informed her more than anything.”
We CANNOT WAIT for the live-action adaptation of this one, and all the little girls who will have a new superhero to dress up as — this one a genius with a college degree. This is progress, people.