As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever nears its worldwide release, we’re getting closer to some of the major reveals from the Phase 4 finale event. This film had a lot to get right after the tragic demise of T’Challa. And if we were to look at the critical acclaim and the early reactions, Wakanda Forever seems to be doing justice to most things on all fronts. But the verdict of many fans isn’t the same for Ironheart… or at least her Mark II armor in the film.
First Look at the Ironheart Mark II Armor
The Ironheart armor that we saw in its set photos packed a very close resemblance to the Iron Man suits that we’re used to seeing. But this Mark II armor from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever just seems totally different from any Iron Man suit in the MCU so far. And it isn’t similar to the comics either. Usually, Marvel is able to make things work even when they deviate a lot from the source material. But this particular suit isn’t their best piece of work when you talk about its look and appeal in particular. It doesn’t seem entirely original.
Marvel turned Taskmaster into a Power Ranger and people were unhappy about it. And now, they’ve done something similar with Ironheart. In fact, along with the Red Ranger, her suit packs a massive resemblance to DC’s Blue Beetle, and even the Transformers to some degree. The black face could also remind one of the K-VRC robot from Netflix’s Love, Death + Robots. All in all, a lot of fans are unhappy with this Ironheart suit reveal.
The Negative Reactions to Ironheart
People are comparing Ironheart to the Power Rangers and have all sorts of things to say about her. Take a look:
I NEVER want to see anybody calling Green Goblin a Power Ranger villain ever again. https://t.co/6sUY67zYdv
— The Green Kasey (@RawbertBeef) November 8, 2022
Making Fun of Riri’s cornrows!
Bruh it has cornrows built into the helmet lol pic.twitter.com/TH6eXCB5Qg
— Pandora (@HurkyPandora128) November 8, 2022
That Transformers resemblance…
Why does her desgin remind me of Road Rocket from transformers? pic.twitter.com/7yVj1e4BdO
— Adventuremaker21 (@Adventuremaker7) November 8, 2022
Even a Pokemon is in the mix.
I mean this in the best way possible pic.twitter.com/Vg05pA8li7
— Cola Cartel 🤍🖤 (@ColaCarteI) November 8, 2022
Is the Lego figure an improvement?
why does the LEGO minifigure look better. pic.twitter.com/CIy7g2ju5d
— Poi (@RealPoi_15) November 8, 2022
There’s still hope for a better future.
Meanwhile Raf Grassetti design the perfect example, but hopefully it'll look like this in the series. pic.twitter.com/azzPRObjHN
— J2KO (@JSPIDEY015) November 8, 2022
Hopefully, things will turn out better in the Ironheart series which is supposed to be a direct follow-up to Wakanda Forever. Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams needs a better suit than this toy design, and Marvel should give her exactly that.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on November 11, and it features Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Tenoch Huerta as Namor, Florence Kasumba as, Michaela Coel as Anika, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross alongside Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda.