Riri Williams, a 15-year-old black girl, will be donning the famous armor of Iron Man in an upcoming episode of the series, Marvel has revealed.
Civil War II sees Tony Stark hang up his boots to be replaced by Riri Williams, the comic book maker says.
Riri is a Chicago-born science genius studying at MIT and made her debut earlier this year.
The news has prompted a huge reaction online, with many welcoming it as a step forward for diversity.
Iron Man writer Brian Michael Bendis told Time he came up with Riri Williams’ character after being struck by the “chaos and violence” of Chicago while working in the city.
“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.”
The Iron Man character first appeared in 1963. The series focuses on billionaire weapons inventor Tony Stark.
Iron Man 3 has triumphed at the US box office, with the second biggest ever opening weekend in the US.
Comic book sequel Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., took an estimated $175.3 million across the weekend.
Only 2012’s The Avengers, which united Iron Man with fellow Marvel characters, had a bigger opening, taking $207.4 million when it opened last May.
Iron Man 3 is the final episode in the trilogy, and follows Tony Stark’s battle with terrorist “the Mandarin”.
Iron Man 3 has triumphed at the US box office, with the second biggest ever opening weekend
Directed by Shane Black, who previously worked with Robert Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the film co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, as Pepper Potts, and Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin.
Iron Man 3, which has enjoyed largely positive reviews, has easily outstripped the opening weekends of the first two films, which took $98.6 million and $128.1 million respectively.
The film opened a week earlier overseas, taking $504.8 million at the international box office – meaning it has already grossed $680.1 million in total.
Robert Downey Jr. is expected to reunite with fellow comic book characters Captain America, Thor and the Hulk in the forthcoming Avengers sequel, which is scheduled to be released in 2015.
Gwyneth Paltrow has branded the revealing Antonio Berardi dress she wore it at this week’s Iron Man 3 premiere in Hollywood a “disaster” and “humiliating”.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who had been crowned the World’s Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine ahead of the racy red carpet appearance, spoke about her dress during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.
The star admitted she was horrified to discover her “ass was hanging out” and also revealed she needed grooming before putting it on.
“Yeah, oh, I kind of had a disaster,” Gwyneth Paltrow told Ellen in an interview set to air on Friday.
Gwyneth Paltrow has branded the revealing Antonio Berardi dress she wore it at this week’s Iron Man 3 premiere a disaster and humiliating
“I was doing a show and I changed there and I went I couldn’t wear underwear. I don’t think I can tell this story on TV…
“Well, let’s just say everyone went scrambling for a razor…So I went from being the most beautiful to the most humiliated. In one day… I work a 70s vibe. You know what I mean?”
Gwyneth Paltrow also talked about finding out she received People magazine’s title.
“My publicist of like 22 years, Stephen Huvane, sent me an email. And honestly I was like this is a joke. I reread it three times. I was like oh, he sent this to the wrong client. Like there’s no way,” the actress said.
“My name wasn’t on it… I was like oh this is not for me and it was actually psychologically interesting because for a minute I really thought that someone was playing a joke on me.”
Gwyneth Paltrow admitted: “I talked about it with my shrink.”
Gwyneth Paltrow arrived on the red carpet at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, California, for the Marvel’s Iron Man 3 premiere, in a gown which looked demure from a distance.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Antonio Berardi dress featured mesh panels down the sides, showing off her hips and décolletage area.
The material would have made it almost impossible for her to wear underwear beneath the number.
While she could have quite possibly been wearing a strapless bra, briefs would have been too tricky.
Gwyneth Paltrow on the red carpet at the Marvel’s Iron Man 3 premiere the in Los Angeles
The look of her item of clothing – which created the optical illusion of a curvy white silhouette down the middle – also drew attention to her tiny waist.
With a dark green peplum section that matched her kimono style arm cuffs, 40-year-old Gwyneth Paltrow- who plays Pepper Potts – looked in great shape.
She is known for taking up often strict healthy eating plans – such as eating only macrobiotic meals at one point – in an effort to stay trim.
Gwyneth Paltrow allowed her skin to glow in natural make-up and wore her blonde locks straight and to one side over her shoulder.
She added a fun twist to her appearance with purple nail polish and paired a large drop earring with a contrasting small stud that evening.
Iron Man 3 premiere in the UK has been delayed due to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, according to reports.
A Disney spokesperson told Deadline the London gala, originally scheduled for Wednesday, would be moved to Thursday, April 18, to avoid the clash.
“London will basically be in traffic chaos and it would have been difficult logistically,” the spokesperson said.
Iron Man 3 premiere in the UK has been delayed due to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral
Iron Man 3 cast members including Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are still expected to appear at the premiere on Thursday.
More than 2,000 guests have been invited to attend the funeral ceremony for former British PM Margaret Thatcher, who died on Monday. It will begin with a procession from Westminster to St Paul’s Cathedral.
Many roads in central London will be closed and large crowds are expected to line the procession route.
Iron Man 3, which also stars Rebecca Hall, Don Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley as villain, The Mandarin, will be released in UK cinemas on April 26.