THE COMIC book world was sent into overdrive recently following news that Marvel’s Civil War II arc would introduce an Iron Man replacement in the form of a black character, Riri Williams.
The 15-year-old MIT student reverse engineers Tony Stark’s trademark armor, gaining his admiration and support.
In less than a week, all available issues of Invincible Iron Man No.7 (Riri’s debut) through No.11 sold out completely.
Invincible Iron Man artist and co-creator Mike Deodato, Jr. tweeted that Riri Williams was not only inspired by but based on 14-year-old Disney actress Skai Jackson.
“Riri Williams was based on the beautiful young actress @skaijackson,” he tweeted.
Skai thanked the artist on Instagram, writing, “Thank you @mikedeodato ! I am so honored that I was your inspiration. Young black girls can be superheroes too! #blackgirlmagic #skaisthelimit #ririwilliams #ironman #marvel.”
Shai starred in Disney Channel’s Jessie as Zuri Ross from 2011-’15; she’s currently starring on the spinoff Bunk’d, which launched last summer and will return in August. She previously voice-acted on Nick Jr.’s Bubble Guppies.