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Dominique Thorne In Black Panther 2 To Debut As Riri Williams

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Marvel Studios has confirmed that actress Dominique Thorne is set to play Riri Williams in the upcoming Black Panther sequel. Deadline reported that the twenty-one-year-old would take on the role of a high school student and science genius who builds her own Iron Man suit after Tony Stark refuses to give her access to his latest technology. Here are the latest details:

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set reveals that Dominique Thorne getting ready to take on the role of Ironheart, Riri Williams.

A recently released image from Avengers: Endgame shows an actress wearing parts of Iron Man’s armor as a new character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Once Robert Downey Jr.’s Ironman died, fans began to wonder who will continue Stark’s legacy. It didn’t take too long before confirmation came that Riri Williams is coming to the MCU and she’ll star in the “Ironheart” Disney+ series.

Marvel has announced that the MCU debut of Riri Williams will happen not as a character in her own solo show, but instead, she’ll appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel from director Ryan Coogler continues to move forward after the death of Chadwick Boseman.

The Black Panther team is emphasizing that they are making the movie to honor Thorne’s legacy. A balance will be made between honoring Thorne through honoring his memory and expanding the world of Wakanda and the MCU at large by introducing new characters.


While filming the new Marvel movie, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” scenes were recently filmed at MIT in Massachusetts. The filming reportedly revealed a scene with a possible look of Ironheart in the MCU.

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The image shared on Instagram by Howari Nedroma shows Dominique Thorne on the Black Panther 2 set, but it is unclear if she’s a part of Riri Williams’ costume or arriving for work.

Riri Williams is included at the MIT scenes of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever; this inclusion is hardly a surprise as Williams attends MIT in the comics and Stark has strong ties to MIT in the MCU. If Thorne is wearing casual clothing for Riri, she likely doesn’t currently expect a need to suit up as Ironheart.

It’s possible that there will be some major action scenes with the Dora Milaje, so it’ll be interesting to see if Riri has begun to suit up yet or not. Ironheart is rumored to be included in ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ but there isn’t much information about how big her role will be. We now know that Riri Williams and Shuri will be interacting in some capacity, but it’s not known how yet.


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