‘This is her outside of her element’: Riri Williams Actress Dominique Thorne Claims Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Only Showed a Fraction of Her Genius

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With the ongoing additions of comic book characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was a movie that did not disappoint. Both new characters, Ironheart and Namor – the Ruler of Talocan, were portrayed beautifully by their respective actors. Post the movie’s release, fans cannot wait to see what happens next.

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Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams (Ironheart)

Actress Dominique Thorne, who made her MCU debut as Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart in Wakanda Forever, was praised by fans for how she brought the character to life. Not only is she an important addition to Marvel’s cinematic future, but she is also a genius, quite like Tony Stark himself. The only difference is that she is much younger and not nearly as rich as Stark. She recently opened up about how Wakanda Forever only showed a fraction of her character in the movie.

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There’s More to Ironheart Than Shown in Wakanda Forever

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Actress Dominique Thorne

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In an interview with Variety, Dominique Thorne was asked what more of her character will be seen in Ironheart, the upcoming Disney+ series. Thorne replied in such a manner that might have caused excitement in her fans. She stated that Wakanda Forever only showcased “a sliver” of Ironheart’s personality. While it was perfectly fitting for the movie, her character will shine much brighter in her own show, especially because the spotlight is on her and not on the war between the two worlds.

“We get a little taste of the colors that exist within her — we see her as a hustler; we see her as a little bit of a bully; we see her fearful; we see her in all these different lights. But primarily, she is in a world of confusion. This is her outside of her element, in the very opposite of her comfort zone, so the Riri that we see, it’s a bit of fight or flight [mode].”

For a debut, her chemistry with the other actors and presence on screen was a delight to watch. She perfectly embodied the character of a young girl being thrown into something that is bigger than herself. It sure will be exciting to see what the teenage super genius is like during her day-to-day life.


Dominique Thorne Recalls Getting Cast as Ironheart

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Ironheart in the Marvel comics

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Thorne revealed what her initial thoughts were when she got the call stating that she was selected for the role. She stated that it was producer Nate Moore himself who had called her up and delivered the good news. He asked her if she was familiar with the character, and when she replied in an affirmative he told her his plans for Ironheart.

She added that while she was speechless and stunned, she waited for Moore to give her the details about the when and where of the audition. However, they never came. He simply asked her “So do you want to do it?” and the rest is history.


Thorne is all ready to play a much more elaborated version of Riri Williams in her upcoming series. Ironheart has certainly been compared to Iron Man, justly or unjustly. This means that the expectations from Ironheart will be quite high. What the audience saw in Wakanda Forever, was a sneak peek into the character. More is yet to come.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently in theatres while Ironheart is expected to release in late 2023.

Source: Variety



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