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Marvel's new Iron Man is a black, female science prodigy: Who should play her?

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Marvel Comics’ recent introduction of Riri Williams, a black MIT science prodigy taking up the Iron Man mantle, continues the publisher’s efforts to diversify its superhero ranks on the page. She joins a black-Hispanic Spider-Man (Miles Morales), a female Thor (Jane Foster), and an Asian-American Hulk (Amadeus Cho), among others.

While none of those storylines have yet migrated to the Marvel cinematic universe, we can’t help but think of several rising stars who would be strong candidates to play Riri on the big screen, and perhaps even pick up the franchise torch from Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. down the line.

Brian Michael Bendis, the writer who created Riri, said the character was inspired by the story of a young woman whose life was marked by tragedy, but who managed to overcome it and pursue her education.

“As we’ve been slowly and hopefully very organically adding all these new characters to the Marvel Universe, it just seemed that sort of violence inspiring a young hero to rise up and act, and using her science acumen, her natural born abilities that are still raw but so ahead of where even Tony Stark was at that age, was very exciting to me,” he told TIME.

Here are 10 suggestions to play Riri. Let us know who you’d like to see in the poll below.

Zendaya

You might know her from: The actress and singer has appeared in several Disney Channel projects (Shake It Up, K.C. Undercover) and on Dancing With the Stars, and she released a self-titled album in 2013. She’s also playing an unknown role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw

You might know her from: Gina Prince-Bythewood’s music industry romance Beyond the Lights, and the period drama Belle.

Nathalie Emmanuel

You might know her from: Game of Thrones, where she plays Missandei, right-hand woman to the Mother of Dragons. She also had a costarring role in Furious 7, and is set to return for the franchise’s eighth installment.

Sonequa Martin-Green

You might know her from: Playing Sasha on The Walking Dead, Tamara on Once Upon a Time, and Courtney on The Good Wife.

Kiersey Clemons

You might know her from: Dope. She played Diggy, one of the three ’90s-hip-hop-obsessed teens in Rick Famuyiwa’s coming-of-age comedy. More recently, Clemons appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Denée Benton

You might know her from: Her role as Ruby, a contestant on the show-within-a-show in the second season of UnReal.

Amandla Stenberg

You might know her from: The Hunger Games, in which she played the young tribute Rue.

Teyonah Parris

You might know her from: Her work in two sharp satires: Spike Lee’s musical Chi-Raq and Justin Simien’s college-set comedy Dear White People.

Tika Sumpter

You might know her from: Playing Michelle Obama in Southside With You, appearing opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along and its sequel.

Yara Shahidi

You might know her from: Playing Zoey, the smart, socially savvy, and phone-obsessed teenager on Black-ish.

This post and poll have been updated with reader suggestions; thanks everyone!