It was pretty obvious after the tragic demise of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark at the end of Avengers: Endgame that a worthy successor to the Iron Man name was very much in demand. It seems like Marvel had already planned it out by introducing Riri Williams/ Ironheart just three years ago in the comics.
24-year-old Dominique Thorne is the actress who has been assigned the role of carrying on the legacy that Iron Man had left, and her character Ironheart is just the perfect character to guide her on that journey. Downey Jr’s Tony Stark may serve as an inspiration for Thorne, but it seems like this other MCU actor had a much bigger influence on her!
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Brie Larson Shaped Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart
No matter how great of a franchise the MCU is, it’s still pretty evident that it also got caught in the clutches of the patriarchy of the industry because, well, just take a look at the most popularized heroes in the franchise- Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, Loki, and so on.
But one standout character from the MCU was not from the male camp, but instead came in the form of Captain Marvel, played by the beautiful and amazing actress Brie Larson. She’s surely got to be one of the top three female superheroes in the MCU- alongside Scarlet Witch and Wanda Maximoff.
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Larson’s prowess as a memorable and loved superheroine in the MCU ended up serving as an inspiration for the latest MCU character Ironheart, who made her debut in the franchise with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
During an interview with Screen Rant, Ironheart actress Dominique Thorne revealed that Larson gave her some solid advice on playing a female superhero in the MCU-
“I was also fortunate to speak with Brie Larson. She was really an open book about what her experience was like as a human female trying to play a superhuman female, and just all the things that come along with that.”
She further praises her MCU co-star and her dedication to her craft-
“I’ve been very, very grateful to have some real genuine conversations with people who care about the work. Not only do they do a great job and create characters that we fall in love with, but they also care about the way in which that role and that work is executed.”
It would be an epic sight to be able to witness Ironheart and Captain Marvel crossing paths in the future, which is very possible in a franchise as flexible as the MCU!
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Robert Downey Jr. Imparted His Blessings To The Ironheart Star Too
In the comics, Riri Williams is sort of like a pupil of Robert Downey Jr., with the latter making sure that she uses her powers to fight crime. But Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart still hadn’t made her debut by the end of Endgame, and we all know what happened to Tony Stark by then.
The absence of the original Iron Man is truly going to raise some problems about how to portray the background of Riri Williams for the Ironheart TV series without such an important character. However, that does not mean that Downey Jr. is going to hesitate from giving Thorne some real-life advice!
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Dominique Thorne recently spoke to Screen Rant in which she revealed that the Tropic Thunder star gave her some advice on how to play her character-
“He had some beautiful words to say about how much he believes that Riri Williams is and should always be her own person, her own thing. That this legacy is headed in the right direction and all the beautiful encouraging things that you hope to hear from the Iron Man himself.”
Maybe fans will get to learn more about the two characters in the upcoming movies because after all, both are armor-suit fanatics.
The first season of Ironheart is set to release in the fall of 2023.
Source: Screen Rant