In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe before starring in her own series on Disney+ in the fall. A stunning reveal from Funko features the beloved Champion in the MK1 Ironheart armor, which was previously shown in the first trailer for Wakanda Forever.
This is similar to Iron Man’s Mark I armor, which was built using tools and materials that Williams had on hand. Boosters and a repulsor cannon on her arm give her the ability to soar through the air, and the aesthetic isn’t quite as bulky as Iron Man’s original armor. Below, you may see for yourself.
“In Delaware, I received a phone call and was asked whether I would be interested in taking on this task. My life could not have been better than this “Thorne has previously stated that he was thrilled to be cast in the part. “In fact, I was so taken aback by the news that the flow of the conversation slowed considerably! (laughs). “Oh, we’ll send you the sides,” or “Get your tape over to us.” I was hoping they would say something like that. Although nothing like that happened. ‘Would you wish to participate in this?’ Because there was no audition, it was one of the most unusual experiences of my life.”
For the Marvel rookie, it was always more about the story than the characters, as she explained in a separate interview.
After all, “It’s all about the story right now,” she said. “That’s what a lot of people who start out in this field believe. You’re drawn in by the capacity to tell stories that have an impact on the people who hear them. Since I was in high school, I’ve lived by the phrase “empathize, empower, or educate,” and it’s something I still do. So I’m hoping to be a part of something that accomplishes that. At the heart of it all are real people, real experiences, and real feelings. Although it may not be a personal experience of mine or yours, it provides an opportunity for someone to have their perspective broadened or their knowledge deepened in a new way. As far as I’m concerned, that’s one of the most beautiful and powerful things this art can accomplish.”
On November 11, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in theaters, and Ironheart will be available on Disney+ in 2019.