It's still clear in fans' memories when Tony Stark aka Iron Man made a heroic sacrifice to save the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Thanos and his troops in Avengers: Endgame (2019). Even though the MCU has entered a new saga with its Phase 4, many fans are wondering, who will be the successor to Iron Man. One of them that is often discussed by fans is a Marvel Comics character named Riri Williams aka Ironheart who will have his own solo series in the MCU.
Ironheart is an upcoming MCU series that will premiere on the Disney+ streaming channel. So far, it is not known what the plot of Ironheart will be, given the distance that is quite far since Iron Man's death. The series will be hosted by Chinaka Hodge and stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams. Previously, it was reported that the Ironheart series would soon start shooting in April. Apart from the plot which is still kept secret, apart from Thorne, no other names have been revealed as actors in the series later.
Recently, ComicBook reported that one of the villains in the Ironheart series will be Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekiel “Zeke” Stane. Obadiah is the first MCU villain that Iron Man has to face in his first film which was released in 2008 ago. While Zeke Stane himself is a strong enemy of Iron Man who first appeared in 2008 in the comic The Order Vol. 2 #8 by Barry Kitson and Matt Fraction.
In his comics, Matt Fraction depicts Zeke as a businessman as well as an ideological terrorist who does not obey any laws and beliefs. Zeke has a goal that is quite strange, he doesn't want to kill Iron Man at all, but just wants to humiliate him and make Iron Man slump. Zeke is a Marvel villain who is very genius, at a young age he implanted a lot of technology in his body. Zeke deliberately did this to make him have super abilities, including healing factors and repulsors like Iron Man.
If true, Zeke Stane will be the villain Riri Williams has to deal with, it's pretty clear that Ironheart is meant to be the successor to Iron Man who both started their superhero career by fighting a Stane. So far, Marvel has not issued an official statement regarding Zeke's appearance in the Ironheart series . The series itself is expected to be released in 2023. Prior to that, Riri's character from Dominique Thorne will first appear in the film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever which is scheduled to hit theaters on November 11, 2022.