‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Will See The Debut Of Dominique Thorne As Ironheart

With so many questions still surrounding Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, there’s been an interesting new wrinkle. Kevin Feige has confirmed to Comicbook.com that Dominique Thorne, who we know will play the brilliant Riri “Ironheart” Williams in her own Disney+ show, will first debut in the anticipated sequel.

“We’re shooting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, right now, and the character of Riri Williams, you will meet in Black Panther 2 first,” Feige said. “She started shooting, I think, this week before her Ironheart series.”

This could have big implications for the Ironheart series and the MCU. Riri Williams is an African-American teenage girl with a genius-level intellect to rival Tony Stark’s. In fact, she reverse engineers Stark tech and creates her own suit of armor.

So Feige doesn’t say Riri will be in Wakanda, so it’s possible she gets visited by Wakandans in America. Maybe she’s being scouted to be the new Black Panther? Or maybe she bonds with Shuri as two of the biggest brains left on the planet?  Or, and this is unlikely but I’m going to put it out there anyway, maybe she’ll be Wakandan in the MCU?

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters on July 8th 2022.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.