Black Panther 2 Star Dominique Thorne Talks Ironheart & Iron Man Connection

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Dominique Thorne has further teased a connection between her new Marvel superhero Riri Williams aka Ironheart and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. While she was careful not to give away too many details, Thorne revealed that links between the pair will continue into the upcoming Ironheart Disney+ series.

“They definitely are similar, but definitely two independent expressions of this beautiful mind. I think the answer to that is best left to the series next year, so that’s where you’ll have to come for the truthful answer to that question.”

While sticking to the secretive nature of Marvel Studios, Thorne did reveal during her chat with Comicbook.com that both Riri Williams and Tony Stark share an overwhelming sense of ambition — with that ambition leading them both to build suits of armor.

“I do think in Riri’s creation of this suit, or pursuing a build like that, I think that there’s an inherent acknowledgment of what Tony Stark did by creating this suit of armor. I think for someone as ambitious as Riri Williams, it’s without a doubt something that draws you in and begs your attention. As you can tell from the movie, that ambition will lead where it will lead and this time it’s led to her being in line with him by creating her very own suit of armor.”

Ironheart and Iron Man have always had a connection in the pages of Marvel Comics, and while certain details will have to change (due to Tony being dead in the MCU but not in the comics), Black Panther 2 director Ryan Coogler has assured fans that there will be a relationship between the two. “But yeah, there is a connection there between her and Tony. It’s a complicated connection,” he said. “And Riri is a supporting character in this film, so she’s there kind of in concert with a lot of other characters. But she does play a major role and we will get to know a little bit about how she became who she is when we meet her in this in this film.”

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Following her introduction in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Riri Williams is expected to become a major player in the MCU from now on. Marvel producer Nate Moore has previously teased her influence on the franchise and some of the characters saying, “We love the idea of a woman who is potentially as smart as Shuri but has such a different experience with that intelligence. And I think that made her kind of undeniable as part of the fabric of the movie.”

Ironheart will next lead her own Disney+ series. The Midnight Club writer Chinaka Hodge will serve as head writer on the show, which will find Dominique Thorne reprising the role and follow the exploits of Ironheart as she battles the villainous Parker Robbins aka The Hood, played by In the Heights star Anthony Ramos.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, meanwhile, is out now in theaters and picks up with Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), and Okoye (Danai Gurira) as they fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together to forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.

Ironheart is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in late 2023, and will be part of Phase Five of the MCU.