According to In the Heights actor Anthony Ramos, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is going to be involved with the new Marvel Studios series Ironheart. During an interview with Extra, Ramos, the newest addition to the Ironheart cast roster, said, “It’s incredible people, Chinaka Hodge, Ryan Coogler and just, like, a dope squad…you know, Dominique Thorne…and I just feel blessed and grateful.”
Coogler’s attachment to Ironheart makes a lot of sense. Last year, it was announced that Riri Williams (played by Dominique Thorne) would make her debut appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Ironheart in Coogler’s next MCU film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Nothing has been officially released about how they plan on integrating this new character into the world of Wakanda, but there’s a good chance it has to do with Riri Williams’ incredibly high intellect. Set photos from Black Panther 2 revealed Thorne’s Riri Williams wearing an MIT T-shirt, following the steps of the former iron hero, Tony Stark AKA Iron Man, who attended MIT when he was only 15 years old.
The amount in which Coogler is involved with the upcoming Disney+ series is currently unknown. However, it’s unlikely that he will spearhead the series as a director and/or writer due to his plate being extremely full as he finishes up Black Panther 2 after many COVID-19 production delays. Little is known about the Black Panther sequel and its plot, but there have been rumors that Atlantean hero, Namor, will also be making his MCU debut. If the rumors of Namor’s appearance is true, along with the confirmed appearance of Ironheart, it’s safe to say that Coogler has more than enough to keep him busy.
While he may not be as heavily involved as many of us would like, he is just as important to the project, as he can serve as the bridge from Riri Williams’ introduction to her fully-focused series.
In Captain America: Civil War, we saw Tony Stark on-stage commencing the September Foundation during his keynote speech at MIT. The September Foundation was also used as a front to recruit Peter Parker to fight alongside Stark against the Sokovia Accords nay-sayers. There is no doubt in my mind that the September Foundation will be brought up again (with Riri Williams being a potential recipient), and there’s talk of Black Panther resident genius, Shuri, attending MIT and crossing paths with Riri Williams.
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