Robert Downey Jr. Impacts Ironheart Riri Williams, Says Actress

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Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man is the superhero that most fans are missing on screen at this point, but the longing of MCU diehards shall be satisfied any time soon as Tony Stark’s female counterpart is about to grace the screen with Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, aka Ironheart. After her first appearance in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studios is officially introducing Ironheart as a proper replacement for Iron Man via her TV show on Disney+.


In a recent interview, Thorne shared important details about her conversation with RDJ. Given that the actor’s iteration of Iron Man is significant and iconic, the actress might have to live up to the unnecessary expectations that some fans tend to put out there when a new version of a famous character is introduced. But according to the Ironheart star, RDJ gave her tips that the audience can expect to translate on screen.

“So, he and I didn’t have much chance to connect before, but maybe that worked out pretty well, because, actually, the first thing he said in our conversation, or toward the end of the conversation, was that he didn’t have any advice for me. And he felt like I was pretty okay and that I’d be all right,” recalled Thorne to the Direct.


She continued, “And he shared a lot about… making sure that Riri is her person, and all of the things that I can attribute to her existence, and what it means, and what it represents, and what it can offer… Just in the vein of being authentic to that, and true to that, and nurturing that. And then, I think, the second half, I have to keep near and dear to my heart. He definitely a piece…, some words of encouragement for… as I continue to navigate all that this life could be, which I appreciate. But yeah, it was, it was a good conversation for sure.”

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Given that Iron Man already met his demise in the previous MCU offerings, it is unlikely that the two armored heroes will meet. Other than the fact that they both went to MIT, Tony Stark and Riri don’t have any links to each other. However, given that the MCU offers the notion of multiverses, no one can say never to an encounter between the Iron Avengers.

Ironheart is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in late 2023 and will consist of six episodes. Riri Williams’ hero is expected to play more big roles as the franchise moves forward.

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