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Marvel reveals new ‘Iron Man’ will be a 15 year-old black girl; embrace it or you’re a racist AND a sexist

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‘Iron Man,’ the famed comic book series that has become a movie phenomenon, is getting a new look, as in a new race, gender and age.

In a TIME exclusive report, Marvel has revealed that its new Iron Man will be a 15 year-old black woman named Riri Williams. The report accompanies a photo of the new character, which depicts her with hoop earrings and a red midriff while holding the Iron Man helmet.

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Marvel explained the depth of the character replacement of Tony Stark, saying she will be the face of the new, improved and “diverse” Marvel.

Riri is a science genius who enrolls in MIT at the age of 15. She comes to the attention of Tony when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.

And of course, the creators of the new character are already calling fans “racist” for not wanting their beloved Iron Man to transform into a black woman.

Some of the comments online, I don’t think people even realize how racist they sound. I’m not saying if you criticize you’re a racist, but if someone writes, “Why do we need Riri Williams we already have Miles?” that’s a weird thing to say. They’re individuals just like Captain America and Cyclops are individuals. All I can do is state my case for the character, and maybe they’ll realize over time that that’s not the most progressive thinking.

Once the news broke, the Twitter-sphere immediately erupted with confusion as to why Iron Man would be changed into a new character. Social media users are also calling it a move towards ‘political correctness’ in order to please the social justice warrior audience.

Take a look at the response so far:


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