Recent rumors state that Marvel Studios' Ironheart could mark the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut of a major villain.
According to The Illuminerdi, a major villain of the upcoming Disney+ series is a white man "in his late 20s," who is described as "charming, magnetic, slick and oily" as well as "handsome with an athletic build." The character description further notes that this mystery man is "always working an angle to his own advantage" and "has a crew working for him." Based on this description, there is speculation that this could be Parker Robbins, aka. the Hood.
Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artists Kyle Hotz. andEric Powell, Parker Robbins/Hood first appeared in 2002's Hood #1 from Marvel Comics as the star of his own limited series. In the comics, Robbins started his career as a petty criminal before an altercation with a demon, from whom he stole a magical hood and pair of boots, giving him the powers of levitation and invisibility. With these newfound powers, Robbins formed his own crime syndicate, making him a formidable figure in the criminal underworld of New York City. Whether he will make his MCU debut in Ironheart has not been confirmed.
This isn't the first villain to be rumored to join the MCU via Ironheart. The series is rumored to feature Ezekial Stane, the child of Iron Man villain Obadiah Stane, who was portrayed by Jeff Bridges in the 2008 film. The character is described as "in their 40s, brilliant, and comedic...But all may not be what it seems with this character who has secrets to hide." While Zeke was originally written into Joss Whedon's script for 2012's The Avengers, he never made it to the screen.
Riri Williams/Ironheart, portrayed by Dominique Thorne, will make her MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before starring in her own Disney+ series, Ironheart, for which Chinaka Hodge will serve as head writer. "We're shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first," Marvel Studios President/Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige confirmed in August 2021. "She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series."
Created by Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato, Eve Ewing, and Kevin Libranda, Riri Williams debuted in 2016's Invincible Iron Man #7. A 15-year-old MIT student, Riri is able to reverse engineer Tony Stark's technology to create her own suit of armor and become Ironheart. The series will was officially confirmed by Marvel Studios in December 2021 during Disney Investor Day.
While Ironheart does not yet have a release date, the six-episode first season will premiere on Disney+.
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Source: The Illuminerdi