‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Is Also Developing Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Series

When the Ironheart series arrives on Disney+, it will introduce Riri Williams into the MCU. Played by Dominique Thorne, Riri is an African-American teen with advanced intellect to match her armor, which is based on Iron Man tech. Because of her skillset, rumors have been that she may actually debut in Black Panther II: Wakanda Forever. And now there’s some info about her series that lends credence to that rumor.

According to In the Heights star Anthony Ramos while speaking to Extra, one of the things that has him most excited about joining the Ironheart cast is getting to work with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. The filmmaker has not been announced as having a part in its development before now.

“I’m excited. I’m so excited. I used to be like in the gym, I’d be like, ‘Come on Marvel call, come on Marvel call, let’s go!’ That’s what we hope for. I feel blessed. It’s an amazing project. Incredible people, Chinaka Hodge and Ryan Coogler, and just like a dope squad, Dominique Thorne and I feel blessed and grateful.”

Hodge was hired as the series’ writer, and this would suggest that Coogler is at least a producer and possibly more. Considering he inked an exclusive TV deal with Disney recently it makes sense for Coogler to make Ironheart part of that.

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