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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A black female teenager will be the new Iron Man.

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Marvel Comics veteran writer Brian Michael Bendis says in an interview Wednesday with Time that Tony Stark will step away from his superhero alter-ego and a new character named Riri Williams will assume the laser-blasting role.

Bendis describes Williams as a science genius who enrolled in MIT at the age of 15. Williams comes to Stark’s attention when she builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.

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Marvel has bestowed several diverse characters in recent years with long-running superhero mantles, including a biracial Spider-Man, Muslim Ms. Marvel, female Thor, African-American Captain America and Asian-American Hulk. However, those characters have yet to appear in Marvel film or TV adaptations.

Williams will debut in “Invincible Iron Man” comic book this fall.

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