Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’: What to know about the upcoming Disney Plus show

marvel’s new to come Ironheart Series is set to begin filming in Chicago and Atlanta this month, according to Chicago-based outlet Screen Magazine. While some details about the Disney Plus show are still under lock and key, news has dropped on cast members, directors, and when we can expect to meet teen genius Riri Williams, aka Ironheart.

Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne as Williams, a “genius inventor who creates the most advanced armor since Iron Man,” according to Marvel. That connecting line doesn’t reveal a ton, but the comics offer plenty of clues as to what the series might be about.

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What is Marvel’s Ironheart about?

In the comics, Riri Williams is a genius teenager who was offered a scholarship to MIT when she was just 11 years old. While a student, she steals materials from campus and uses them to build Iron Man-style armor. (The teenager is a big fan of Tony Stark and has reverse engineered one of his suits).

Williams quits school after being confronted at MIT for theft. While testing her suit, she apprehends two inmates fleeing prison, but her suit is damaged and she returns home to repair it. That’s when none other than Tony Stark passes by, giving him his blessing to become a superhero.

While Riri is still a student, her best friend and stepfather die in a drive-by shooting. The name Ironheart is inspired by “the armor that Riri has been trying to build around herself ever since, both literally and figuratively,” Marvel explains.

Who directs and in the cast?

Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes will direct the series. Bailey has worked on the Netflix show Dear White People and the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls. Blindspotting, Mythic Quest, and the upcoming fourth season of Atlanta are among Barnes’ credits.

Ironheart will be produced in part by Ryan Coogler’s production company, Proximity. Coogler directed Black Panther and the film’s upcoming sequel, Wakanda Forever, which will star Williams. More on that below.

As mentioned, Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. The actor appeared in the 2014 film If Beale Street Can Talk and 2021’s Judas and the Black Messiah.

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos confirmed in an Instagram post that he too will be joining the cast of Ironheart in a role that has yet to be revealed. This is Us star Lyric Ross and newcomer Harper Anthony also joined the cast. Ross will play Williams’ best friend and Anthony’s role is still unknown.

When will Marvel’s Ironheart premiere?

While the release date for Marvel’s Ironheart hasn’t been revealed, we know we’ll have to wait until at least Black Panther 2 is released on November 11, 2022.

Dominique Thorne will debut as Williams in the sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com.

How many episodes will there be?

The first season of Marvel’s Ironheart will consist of six episodes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Chinaka Hodge will serve as editor.

Will Ironheart have superpowers?

Riri Williams doesn’t have any superhuman abilities in the comics, but she’s incredibly smart and designs her own intricate armor. Eventually, this suit provides him with flight, superhuman strength, and the ability to fire energy blasts from his gloves.

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