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Marvel’s ‘Ironheart’ Adds 2 Directors and Ryan Coogler as EP

The ‘Black Panther’ helmer’s Proximity Media boards the Disney+ series, which follows a teen prodigy first introduced in ‘Iron Man’ comics in 2016.

Ironheart, the upcoming Iron Man-adjacent Marvel series from Disney+, has found its directors in Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, production company Proximity Media has also been added to the Ironheart team -- including its founder, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who will executive produce the show.

Ironheart stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, “a brilliant teenage inventor who, in the comics, builds her own version of the Iron Man suit in an MIT dorm.” Originally created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato, the character first appeared in Invincible Iron Man No. 7 in 2016.

Anthony Ramos and Lyric Ross will star alongside Thorne. The series’ head writer, Chinaka Hodge, previously led the writing staff of TNT’s Snowpiercer. Bailey is set to direct Ironheart’s first three episodes, with Barnes directing episodes four through six.

Ryan Coogler, along with Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity, will executive produce, and will be joined by co-exec producers Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, and Zoie Nagelhout of Marvel Studios. Hodge also serves as exec producer.

Founded by the Cooglers, Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis, and Peter Nicks, Proximity is a multi-platform outfit that produces films, television series, soundtracks, podcasts, and more. In 2021, it produced Judas and the Black Messiah and Space Jam: A New Legacy. Under its exclusive overall television deal with Disney, it is currently developing a series within the Black Panther universe, in the heart of its hero’s homeland, Wakanda.

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