"There was a lot of chaos going on that spring and summer, and I wrote down in my notebook something about it being like the modern version [of a superhero origin]. Whoever rises above this and becomes that special thing that people look at as inspiration you know is exciting. Who knows who that will be? I literally wrote, right now there’s an 8-year-old kid surrounded by this nonsense and they're going to pull themselves out of this and make something special out of it. What's more heroic than that? It just seemed to me like a classic Marvel origin in a completely modern original setting. No one can argue that this doesn't happen because it happens. And wouldn't it be nice if something cool came out of all of this. That's where RiRi comes from." - Brian Michael Bendis
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Time: What’s been the reception of the character so far (before this announcement)?
Brian Michael Bendis: Thankfully because of my involvement in the creation of Miles Morales and Jessica Jones and some other characters, it’s getting the benefit of the doubt from even the most surly fans. There are fans who say, “Show us the new stuff,” and then there are fans who say, “Don’t do anything different from when I was a kid.” So when you’re introducing new characters, you’re always going to have people getting paranoid about us ruining their childhood.
I’ve been down this road with Miles Morales, Jessica Jones, Maria Hill. I knew I was in good hands with Mike Deodato and other artists who are helping visualize Riri.
So with a brand new character just created this year by Brian Michael Bendis and now suddenly taking over the role of Iron Man in the upcoming seasonal relaunch, let's actually take a moment to look at her earlier appearances.
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