Wakanda Forever Concept Art Reveals Original Mark 2 Ironheart Suit
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever concept artist phil saunders revealed new details about Dominique Thorne‘s Ironheart, underlining how the actual version of Mark 2.0 was not used in the film. On her Instagram account, Saunders explained the process of creating the Mark 2.0 suit and how the version we see in the film’s final battle actually features add-ons on top of her armor.
In addition to allowing fans to say goodbye to Chadwick Boseman‘s King T’Challa, Wakanda Forever also introduces a new hero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Riri Williams (Thorne), also known as Ironheart. In the movie, Riri is a teenage genius who designs a radar capable of detecting vibranium. That makes her a tool for the CIA and a target for Namor (Tenoch Huerta Mejia), who sees her as a threat to keep the underwater kingdom of Talokan a secret from the world. In the end, Riri ends up under Wakandan protection as the African nation opposes the Talokan offensive.
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With all of Wakanda’s resources at her disposal, Riri builds an advanced version of the armor she’s been making, inspired by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Finally, Riri takes her Mark 2.0 suit to fight in the final fight of Wakanda Forever. However, as Saunders says, that suit “should properly be called the Mk 2.5.” That’s because, in the movie, Riri wears various accessories over the Mark 2.0 suit, which initially had a much cleaner design.
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As Saunders explains in his post, “you can really see this [the basic] design in assembling the construction of the suit, like the schematic Riri is working on in Wakanda.” The Mark 2.0 suit does not have large shoulders or leg thrusters, and is painted gold instead of red. Add-ons were always planned, but as removable parts that fell off in the middle of combat. In Saunders’ words:
Unfortunately, we never got to see it. [Mark 2.0 suit] in all its glory. Originally there was a scene where Namora [Mabel Cadena] disables the combat upgrades and Riri has to eject the armor add-ons underwater, leaving her to escape with just the base suit with repulsors, but unfortunately it was cut off.”
Who is involved in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever?
After directing the first Black Panther, ryan coogler is back to direct the sequel. Once again, Coogler wrote the script along with joe robert cole. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will also see the return of Lupita Nyong’o like Nakia, Angela Bassett like ramona, dana gurira like okye, Leticia Wright like shuri, winston duke as M’Baku, and martin freeman as Everett K. Ross
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is playing in theaters now, raking in impressive box office dollars. Check out Saunders’ original post below: