Riri Williams Soars in Your First Look at INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1!
The Highly-Anticipated Series Begins November 9th!
New York, NY—October 14th, 2016 — It’s the series you’ve been waiting for! Seen everywhere from TIME, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly and more – the character talked about the world over is making her solo series debut this November! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 – the new series launching as part of Marvel NOW!. Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis joins rising star artist Stefano Caselli to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Marvel’s newest hero, Riri Williams! Forged on the violent streets of Chicago, this 15-year old MIT student is going it alone and ready to show the Marvel Universe what she can do as Ironheart! Clad in her very own homemade armor, is she ready for all the problems that come with stepping into Iron Man’s jet boots? Where’s a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist when you need one? Be there as Riri Williams sets out on her own journey when the highly anticipated INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices on November 9th!
In a recent interview with Uproxx, The Nice Guys writer-director Shane Black dropped a quiet bombshell about his work on Iron Man 3.
All I’ll say is this, on the record: There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.
So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making. Now, that’s not Feige. That’s Marvel corporate, but now you don’t have that problem anymore.
Ike Perlmutter is gone.
Yeah, Ike’s gone. But New York called and said, “That’s money out of our bank.” In the earlier draft, the woman was essentially Killian – and they didn’t want a female Killian, they wanted a male Killian. I liked the idea, like Remington Steele, you think it’s the man but at the end, the woman has been running the whole show. They just said, “no way.”
Killian was Guy Pierce’s villain from the film. So the original plan was that he wasn’t the true villain. There was a woman actually pulling the strings behind the scenes. Looking back over the characters, it isn’t too hard to guess who that would have been. Rebecca Hall’s Maya Hansen was one of the developers of the Extremis technology but she made a strange and abrupt exit from the movie. Perhaps she was the original mastermind? Black seems to confirm this.
Stéphanie Szostak’s character was bigger at one point and we reduced it. Rebecca Hall’s character was bigger at one point and we reduced it.
Szostak played super-powered henchwoman Elle Brandt who made a fair impression with limited screen time. Evidently we were supposed to have more of her — a lot more.. So not only did we lose a female criminal mastermind, we also lost a kick ass female henchwoman.
Like Paul Dini’s experiences with Young Justice, this is yet another director confirming that major studios are interfering in the creative process and squashing female characters — not for legitimate story reasons — but because they believe girls will not buy toys. When you combine that with the toy industry’s reluctance to make superhero toys for girls, and you have a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Hopefully, Marvel Studios will do better now that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter has been removed from the creative process. His views that “female heroes are a disaster” were well known in the industry.
Marvel’s Civil War II comics event is a sequel to one of their most successful storylines of the past few years. But while the last Civil War saw Iron Man butt heads with Captain America in the classic argument over security versus liberty, Civil War II sees the Marvel heroes divided again with it’s Philip K. Dick-flavored plot which attacks the very idea of “innocent until proven guilty” and even questions the notion of free will.
From Marvel’s summary:
A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy. This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.
So Iron Man and Captain Marvel will head up the two factions this time out. But who will join each team? Recently released promo images shed some light on that.
Team Iron Man
Team Captain Marvel
Team Iron Man
Captain America: Sam Wilson
Team Captain Marvel
Steve Rogers: Captain America
Marvel tried to frame the conflict in the first Civil War so that there was no clear “right” answer to a thorny ethical issue — but almost everyone was on Captain America’s side. (That’s why the film version is a Cap movie instead of an Iron man flick.) This time out Cap and Marvel’s other moral compass, Spider-Man, have lined up behind Carol — who is pushing security over liberty. This may be a sign that Marvel is trying to make the ethical decision more difficult and thus harder to choose a side.
But based on the scant information we have, and the roster of heroes above, whose side are you on?
In their Marvel recently had one of their top-secret editorial retreats, where writers and editors plot out the upcoming fate of the Marvel Universe. Past retreats have developed the “Age of Ultron,” “Civil War” and “Winter Soldier” storylines — all of which were later adapted into Marvel movies.
While the meetings are normally completely off-limits to anyone not writing or editing a Marvel comics, this year a reporter for the Daily News was invited to observe the event. This year, the major story-arc being discussed was the upcoming “Civil War II,” a sequel to 2007’s blockbuster comics storyline that pitted hero against hero, in a parable of civil liberties vs. national security.
“You want it to be The Godfather, Part II,’but for every Godfather II, there’s a Godfather III,” Marvel publisher Dan Buckley tells The Daily News reporter.
Writer Brian Michael Bendis and editor-in-chief Axel Alonso outline the premise.
“A mysterious new Marvel character comes to the attention of the world, one who has the power to calculate the outcome of future events with a high degree of accuracy,” according to the synopsis. “This predictive power divides the Marvel heroes on how best to capitalize on this aggregated information, with Captain Marvel leading the charge to profile future crimes and attacks before they occur, and Iron Man adopting the position that the punishment cannot come before the crime.”
As the story unfolds the new oracle predicts that Marvel hero will be the cause of a major incident of destruction in three days, forcing the other heroes to make a tough decision. Bendis just hasn’t figured out how bad the destruction will be.
“It has to fall somewhere between Hitler and self-defense,” he says.
Bendis consistently refereed to the doomed hero as “Peter Parker,” but Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott isn’t worried, “By the end of afternoon, it won’t be Peter Parker,” he predicts.
Other candidates are suggested and dismissed. The Human Torch is rejected because he burns people to death and “that’s so horrible to illustrate.”
Writer James Robinson suggests, “What if the pressure causes (the hero) to commit suicide?” as a way to tackle the issue of cyber-bullying, before editor Tom Brevoort shoots that idea down. “I don;t think you’d want a Marvel super hero committing suicide,” he comments.
Bendis and Alonso actually have a “Eureka moment” during a break and share with the room a great idea for a hero to be sacrificed and an even more shocking hero to murder him or her.
The idea got a standing ovation from the other writers and editors, who immediately begin suggesting ways to tweak and enhance the story. The “next big thing” in the Marvel is on its way.
“It’s a black magic alchemy of putting the right people in the room,” says Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada. “Those of us who work here are creative trust fund babies, because we have inherited an incredible chest full of toys that we get to play with. It does end up being like a bunch of kids in a room throwing s— against the wall.”
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