Marvel's new Iron Man a girl

Marvel comics revealed the news about Riri Williams this week.

The next Iron Man will be a black teenager named Riri Williams. Picture: Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - A black teenager, Riri Williams, is taking the spot of Marvel's prominent superhero character Tony Stark and is set to become the new Iron Man.

The sassy looking 15-year-old, who was first introduced to readers in Invincible _Iron Man 9, _is a science whiz kid who enrolls at MIT and builds her own Iron Man suit in her dorm.

In an exclusive interview with Time, writer Brian Michael Bendis talks about the creation of Riri and the events at the end of the comic-book event series Civil War II, which will result in Stark stepping out of the Iron Man suit.

Bendis says the character was inspired by his work in Chicago.

Filming a TV show at the peak of gun violence in the city, he heard the story of a young woman who defied the odds to achieve success and make it into college.

Speaking to Time he said: "And this story of this brilliant, young woman whose life was marred by tragedy that could have easily ended her life - just random street violence - and went off to college was very inspiring to me. I thought that was the most modern version of a superhero or superheroine story I had ever heard. And I sat with it for a while until I had the right character and the right place."

She does not have her own superhero name just yet and no one knows what Tony's fate will be.

Meanwhile Riri has been trending for most of the week with reaction from women who are excited about her new status.

Some Twitter users have already made suggestions on who should play her role if the comic book event series is turned into a film.