As MCU prepares its introduction for Riri Williams within the borders of its expansive cinematic franchise, newer details surrounding Ironheart are making their way to the fandom sphere. While mostly rumors and theories, they do point to an intriguing premise. Recent reports have been alleging the involvement of The Dictator alum Sacha Baron Cohen in the Dominique Thorne-led endeavor.
The role that Cohen is rumored to be playing raised several questions in the minds of the people who appeared to have been somewhat confused. What purpose would Mephisto, the extra-dimensional Demon, have in the series? Well, seems like the fans already have an answer for it. And it has something to do with The Hood/Parker Robbins, embodied by Hamilton talent Anthony Ramos.
The Hood’s Origin In The Comics
Some fans have questioned the inclusion of both The Hood and Mephisto in Ironheart, as the two characters seem worlds apart from Riri Williams. The confusion is understandable. However, the attempt by Marvel Studios seems to be exploring the technology vs. magic storyline that the comics have tackled enough of.
While it might have made sense for the protagonist of the premise to go against another notable tech villain, countering the forces of The Hood’s powers would be quite intriguing to witness.
Regardless, Parker Robbins will presumably see himself, literally, making a deal with the devil.
In the comics, The Hood made his first appearance in The Hood #1, created by Brian K. Vaughn and Kyle Hotz. One day, along with his cousin, Parker broke into a warehouse, in hopes of robbing it. During this, Parker encountered a Nisanti demon, which he seemingly ended up killing. Instead of leaving empty-handed, he grabbed the demonic cloak and boots. From this, Parker received mystical powers that allowed him to become The Hood.
It is said that these powers come from the inter-dimensional entity Dormammu, enabling him with the ability to resurrect the deceased. When The Hood wears his cloak, he can hold his breath and become invisible. He also possesses teleportation abilities.
What can be ascertained from this is that the MCU will see its iteration of Parker Robbins deviate from the source material. Instead of Dormammu, we will get to see The Hood make a bargain with the demonic Hell-Lord Mephisto in Ironheart. This change aligns itself with the present continuity of the franchise.
The Hood Will Make A Bargain With Mephisto in Ironheart
Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Mephisto might become the main reason behind the Anthony Ramos-portrayed character gaining his powers in Ironheart. It would be interesting to see how exactly he manages to gain it from the Hell Lord. As per several theories, it would probably involve some form of dangerous gamble or bargain. The details surrounding such a deal cannot be ascertained as of yet. It might, however, necessitate Parker Robbins becoming the demonic villain’s pawn.
Would it be something akin to the deal made by Doctor Doom’s mother, Cynthia von Doom? In the comics, Cynthia struck a deal with the extra-dimensional demon that eventually led to her death. Her soul was cursed, and eternal damnation befell her.
If this is the kind of exchange that is set to take place between Mephisto and The Hood, then things are about to get dark and grotesque. Nevertheless, the theory of The Hood getting his powers from Mephisto explains the latter’s inclusion in Ironheart. The battle between technology and magic will surely be an interesting one.
Let’s see how the lead character of the series, Riri Williams handles it.
Ironheart will see its release on Disney+ in late 2023. Actress Dominique Throne will debut her character in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is slated for an 11 November 2022 release.