New Iron Man is a black female teenager
The new Iron Man is, well — not a man. Marvel has revealed that Tony Stark will hand over the supersuit to an African-American 15-year-old named Riri Williams after the events of the comic book series "Civil War II."
Williams was recently introduced in the series "Invincible Iron Man." She is a science whiz who is enrolled at MIT. She came to Stark's attention after she designed her own Iron Man-style suit in her dorm.
"One of the things that stuck with me when I was working in Chicago a couple of years ago on a TV show that didn't end up airing was the amount of chaos and violence," series writer Brian Michael Bendis told Time. "And this story of this brilliant young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life — just random street violence — and went off to college was very inspiring to me.
"I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard," he continued. "And I sat with it for a while until I had the right character and the right place."
This fall, Matthew McConaughey will return to his alma mater, the University of Texas, to teach a filmmaking class. The "Free State of Jones" actor will teach an upper level class of 30 students alongside "Hunger Games" director Gary Ross and university lecturer Scott Rice.
Students will watch recorded videos giving an in-depth look at the filmmaking process for "Free State of Jones," which opened June 24. McConaughey is scheduled for at least one in-person visit to the class.
The class was offered last spring, but students were forced to sign nondisclosure agreements and restricted from taking video or photos, as "Free State of Jones" hadn't hit theaters. The film opened in sixth place at the box office on its debut weekend.