Ironheart Release Date Speculations, Cast Updates, Plot Theories, and Everything We Know

Our first look at Riri Williams in the MCU
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Our first look at Riri Williams in the MCU
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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow with the addition of Ironheart!

Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, previously announced that Ironheart will now have her very own Marvel live-action series. The new MCU superhero will be played by Dominique Thorne as the franchise's Iron Man replacement, and will hopefully hit our screens sometime soon. Here is everything we know so far about the new Marvel series.

Ironheart Release Date: When Will the Marvel Series Come Out?

Riri Williams set to replace Iron Man in the MCU
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Riri Williams goes to MIT

Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk, Judas and the Black Messiah) first made her appearance as Riri Williams in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Despite having small moments in the MCU, this undoubtedly marked her future of having her own series become a part of the larger saga in the franchise.

During the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige announced a narrowed release date for Ironheart, which was set to start streaming by Summer or Fall 2023.

If we consider the U.S. copyright filing as the primary source for now, we can expect Ironheart to air on September 3, 2025.

Given that Marvel is leading towards a different strategy, it would seem that Ironheart is not yet a priority to release on Disney Plus. Should Ironheart grace the small screens someday, we'd be lucky if it actually releases within 2024-2025.

Ironheart Filming Wrapped Up in 2022

Ironheart finished filming by early November 2022. Most, if not all, of the principal photography for the series was held at the Trilith Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, which you can check out below:

Ironheart Cast: Who are the Actors Included in the Disney+ Series?

Riri Williams with Queen Ramonda
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Dominique Thorne will play the lead role in the new Marvel and Disney+ series. Thorne plays Riri Williams, a 15-year-old tech genius who builds her own version of the Iron Man suit.

Lyric Ross, who plays Deja Pearson in the NBC hit drama series This is Us, is set to play Natalie, Riri’s best friend. The other confirmed cast members are Manny Montana from Good Girls and the young Harper Anthony.

Shea Couleé joins Ironheart

Shea Couleé from Ru Paul's Drag Race joins the series in a secret role. Couleé won Ru Pauls All Stars 5 while placing in All Stars 7 and Drag Race 9.

Anthony Ramos is The Hood

Now that Ironheart is filming, we have seen set photos all around, and one of the photos released showed Anthony Ramos. From the looks of it, he will be playing the Marvel villain, The Hood. The Hood is a New York criminal who eventually formed his own syndicate.

Anthony Ramos first broke into the scene when he landed dual roles as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the musical Hamilton.

Zoe Terakes

Zoe Terakes from Nine Perfect Strangers and Wentworth joins the cast of Ironheart. She will be the second LGBTQ+ member to join the cast of Ironheart, following Shea Couleé. We still do not know who Terakes will be playing.

Regan Aliyah

The next actor to join the cast of Ironheart is Regan Aliyah. There is still no information on which character Aliyah will be playing in the show.

She also recently appeared in the romantic comedy created by Jenny Han (author of the To All the Boys book series) for Netflix called XO, Kitty, as Juliana, the secret girlfriend of Yuri.

Agatha Harkness Rumors

Another casting rumor making the rounds within Marvel fan communities is Agatha Harkness' appearance in Ironheart. Direct recently reported about a fan page that claimed Kathryn Hahn's Agatha would be a part of the cast.

We first met the character of Agatha Harkness in Wandavision, where she proved to be a formidable foe for the Scarlet Witch.

Eventually, we'll be seeing Agatha return in her titular series, Agatha: Darkhold Diaries.

Alden Ehrenreich

Another actor who joined the cast of Ironheart is Alden Ehrenreich (who recently appeared in Oppenheimer and is most known for Solo: A Star Wars Story). He is rumored to play Ezekiel 'Zeke' Stane, aka the son of Obadiah Stane / Iron Monger.

Shakira Barrera Joins the Cast

On September 7, 2022, Deadline reported that Shakira Barrera joined the cast of Ironheart. We still do not know who she will be playing and MCU representatives have stayed quiet about the casting news.

Barrera is most known for her work in Glow.

Sacha Baron Cohen Surprisingly Debuts Early

Initially speculated to play the key role of Mephisto in Agatha: Darkhold Diaires, it looks like we'll be seeing Sacha Baron Cohen make his MCU debut earlier than we thought.

It remains to be seen whether this is official or not, but it wouldn't be far off since his 'unknown role' was written as 'Mystery Man', seemingly confirming playing as a villain.

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Ironheart Crew: Who are the Creative Minds Behind the Scenes?

Ironheart's first MCU debut
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Ironheart is based on the Marvel Comic book series with the same title created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. The series was later redesigned by Kevin Libranda and Eve Ewing.

Chinaka Hodge, playwright and published poet who previously wrote for The Snowpiercer, will be the head writer for Ironheart.

Samantha Bailey and Angela Barnes will be directing the series with Proximity as one of the major producers of the series.

Ironheart Plot: What Will be the Story of the Series?

Riri Williams the potential replacement for Iron Man
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The basic premise of Marvel’s Ironheart revolves around the story of the young, intelligent Riri Williams. Riri is a Black girl inventor with a knack for creating different techy things.

She is so good, in fact, so good that she was able to make her very own version of the Iron Man suit.

If the series follows the original storyline of the comic book, Riri Williams is a 15-year-old from Chicago who earned an engineering scholarship at MIT.

Upon entering the school, she soon finds a way to sneak out materials to create her own Iron Man suit.

Because of this, she catches Tony Stark’s eye, and he turns his attention to her to recruit her for his cause.

Tony Stark also becomes Riri’s mentor as he teaches her how to build an improved version of her first suit.

Riri also creates her own J.A.R.V.I.S, which she calls N.A.T.A.L.I.E., after her childhood best friend who was killed during a drive-by shooting. Riri supported Tony during the Second Civil War and took some of his responsibilities when he was injured.

However, once Tony recovered, Riri became a part of the next generation of Marvel superheroes called the Champions.

While Marvel Studios has yet to release the official synopsis for Ironheart, the U.S. Public Copyright Records revealed the description for the series, which you can read out below:

Marvel Studios presents Ironheart, in which charming teenage super genius Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) returns from MIT to her hometown of Chicago in her iron suit and begins to unravel threads that bring danger and adventure right to her doorstep. The adventure begins in 1-1 as Riri is introduced to the audience.

Ironheart Trailer: Is There a Trailer for Ironheart?

There is still no trailer for Ironheart as of writing, but Marvel Entertainment released a video introducing Ironheart, aka Riri Willimas, to the world.

It tells us a quick version of her origin story and how Riri eventually became Ironheart. You can watch the video here:

Ironheart Teaser: Riri Williams in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Ironheart Release Date, Cast, Plot, Trailer, and Everything We Know
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Shuri greeting Riri

Black Panther was one of the best Marvel movies released. Chadwick Boseman's portrayal of T'Challa is now forever engraved in the hearts of many fans.

The second movie of the franchise, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, came out last year and in it, we caught our first look into Dominique Thorne's portrayal of Riri Williams aka Ironheart.

Watch the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever teaser here:

We see more of Ironheart in the official trailer of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Where to Watch Ironheart: Where Can I Watch the Series?

Ironheart meets Iron Man in their own suits
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Ironheart and Iron Man

You can watch Ironheart on Disney+ once the original Marvel series completes production and is released. There are many other shows you can watch while waiting for Ironheart to come out, like Ms. Marvel, Loki, Daredevil, She-Hulk, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and The Mandalorian.

Ironheart is an opportunity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to establish the next generation of superheroes. Now that phase 4 is well underway, Ironheart will be an excellent addition who will defend us from new threats.

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