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Chinaka Hodge Joins Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ as Head Writer

The ‘Snowpiercer’ scribe, an accomplished author, poet, and playwright, joins a growing roster of women in creative leadership positions at the studio.

Marvel Studios’ upcoming Iron Man spinoff has finally found its “heart.” The entertainment giant has enlisted poet and author Chinaka Hodge (Snowpiercer, Minors) as head writer for its upcoming Disney+ series, Ironheart. In addition to her work on television, Hodge has also published two novels - “For Girls with Hips: Collected Poems and Writings” and “Dated Emcees” - in addition to multiple plays.

The six-episode Ironheart follows the adventures of Riri Williams, played by Dominique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah), a bright teenage inventor. In Williams’ 2016 “Invincible Iron Man” comic series debut, she built her own highly advanced Iron Man suit. She went on to become the beloved hero Ironheart, taking over for Tony Stark before earning her own comic series.

Thorne, a woman of color, joins ranks with Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan of Ms. Marvel, created by Bisha K. Ali, and Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Susan Walters of She-Hulk, led by Jessica Gao. It is deeply important that the Ironheart head writer be a woman of color, to accurately represent the heroine’s struggles and triumphs. The move with Hodge is greatly welcomed.

While you wait for Ironheart to hit your family room, catch the newest MCU series Loki, streaming June 11 on Disney+.

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