One of the most recent heroes to be directly influenced by Tony Stark is young genius Riri Williams. She was already building her own armor when she debuted in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #7. Not long after, Stark heard about her and paid Riri a visit, offering to back her in her technological and Super Heroic pursuits. After Tony fell at the end of CIVIL WAR II, Williams starred in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN as Ironheart. She's gone on to become a member of the Champions and lead her own series, IRONHEART, after Stark came back.
While many of these characters were already heroic before Tony Stark gave them a push, that push helped them reach a new potential and new heights – sometimes literally! Stark’s technology may make him the money, but the heroes he’s encouraged have had an even more important legacy.
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