With her upcoming film premiere in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year, Ironheart is quickly rising to prominence in the Marvel universe. After that, Riri will star in an exclusive television series for Disney+, which is guaranteed to increase public interest in her comic career. A recent issue of Marvel Comics unexpectedly introduced a fresh chapter to that tradition by having Riri take on the role of a minor villain for a good purpose. Christopher Cantwell, Angel Unzueta, Frank D’Armata, and Joe Caramagna have all provided spoilers for Iron Man.
The last page of the previous issue featured Cobalt Man’s reappearance, which changed the stakes of the struggle Tony and Rhodey had with Source Control. This issue dealt with the aftermath of that conflict. Cobalt Man was actually Riri, as the events of Issue revealed. Riri was on a similar mission as Tony’s: she went undercover to try to repurchase The Mandarin’s Ten Rings before they could fell into the wrong hands. The Ten Rings were the subject of further discussion between Tony, Riri, and Rhodey in the issue before Riri persuaded Tony to let her keep control of them since she thought she could use them to save the world.
Who is Cobalt Man from Marvel? Ralph Roberts / Cobalt Man was first introduced by Roy Thomas and Werner Roth in 1967’s X-Men when he first appears as a scientist researching the namesake mineral. From there, he develops an Iron Man-like outfit that he intends to give to the military. Ralph got fixated on harming Iron Man due to a concussion he sustained before trying on the suit, but the X-Men prevented him from carrying out his obsession. He then received lethal radiation abilities, enlisted with the Emissaries of Evil, and engaged the Hulk on numerous occasions.
In 2004, it was revealed that Tony Stark had truly attempted to infiltrate the Thunderbolts during a 1980s adventure by briefly posing as Cobalt Man. Following Ralph’s death in the New Warriors explosion that sparked the American Civil War, many non-Skrull copycats and a Skrull impersonated him. He most recently engaged in combat with the Mercs for Money before being set free by them during a prison break.