A new tease from Ironheart shows Zelma Stanton, who is Dr. Strange’s apprentice.
By Mark McKee | Published
While the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe fan base metaphorically queues outside the theater as footage from the original Star Wars: A New Hope release in anticipation of the long-awaited Black Panther after, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, there are other things to look forward to. The film will include the debut of the new tech genius to wear an armored suit in the franchise, Riri Williams, AKA, Ironheart; this appearance will transition from film to its own Disney+ series, bringing in the official replacement for the late Tony Stark. As fans soak up as much of the upcoming series as possible, we know little about it so far, but a Twitter post reveals set photos that could hint at none other than Zelma Stanton. appearing in the series.
Set photos show a city street with a sign hanging above the sidewalk reading Stanton’s Sweets, Reads, and More, seemingly confirming rumors that Regan Aliyah will appear as Zelma Stanton on the show. While there is, of course, no official word if this is the case, Aliyah has yet to receive a character name in the cast list for Stone heart, and Stanton could be the perfect role for this up-and-coming actor. Not only is she a good fit for the role, but it would continue the proposed tech vs. magic theme that the creators teased, meaning Riri Williams will have some magic on her side to help her in her battles.
In the comics, Zelma Stanton is a magic user and Dr. Stephen Strange’s apprentice/librarian; Since Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberpatch) has been pulling books from the Sanctum Sanctorum’s on-site library since his debut, it’s safe to say he won’t be showing up with a library card anytime soon. However, that’s not the only thing the series changes from the comic book origins as Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, is an MIT student who develops her own armored suit in her dorm room before becoming the apprentice of Tony Stark himself. With Stark having perished in the battle against Thanos, it only makes sense that the series would return to Wakanda.
The changes show a new direction for the MCU and could also lead to a few other possibilities; while the tech hero usually faced tech-based villains in the comics alongside his mentor, focusing on magical villains such as The Hood (Anthony Ramos) puts the new MCU focused on magic and reality face-to-face alternative with more entrenched technology based on the old guard. Also possible, by bringing Zelma Stanton into the fold, we get another potential addition to the Young Avengers hero roster. Stanton could be Dr. Strange, the team’s magical representative to go with Kate Bishop’s Archer, the Quantum being from Cassie Lang, the Wiccan and Speed representatives from Tommy and Billy, and of course, Ironheart being the technology representative. genius. While some of these Twitter posts might just be fun Easter Eggs Fiege is known to include, they could also have far-reaching implications for the MCU.