In The Heights Star Anthony Ramos Joins MCU Series Ironheart In Mystery Role

First he nabbed a role in the Amblin movie "Distant," then he secured a spot in the next "Transformers" sequel, and now Anthony Ramos of "Hamilton" and "In the Heights" fame is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ramos is said to be joining the MCU in the upcoming "Marvel's Ironheart" series for Disney+ in a key role, but his official character announcement has not yet been made. "Ironheart" is set to star Dominique Thorne, known for her work in "If Beale Street Could Talk" and "Judas and the Black Messiah." The Riri Williams/Ironheart character is set to debut in the upcoming "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" before taking the lead in the series. Ramos' unknown character is rumored to not only play a vital role in "Ironheart" but similarly to Jonathan Majors' role as Kang the Conqueror in "Loki," Ramos is expected to return for future projects in the MCU following "Ironheart." 

Riri Williams first appeared in the Marvel comics in 2016, created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato. Williams' character was certified a super genius at a very young age, and as a 15-year-old student at MIT, reverse-engineered Iron Man's suit in order to create one of her own. In the comics, Stark encourages Williams to become a superhero of her own, so it'll be interesting how this will play out considering the MCU version of Stark is ... well, we love him 3,000. Marvel Studios declined to comment on Ramos' casting to Deadline, so now it's up to us to wildly speculate.

Who Could Ramos Be Playing in Ironheart?

My first thought for Ramos (because I'm petty) would be the mutant David Bond/Hijack whose ability to usurp control of vehicular mechanisms with his thoughts manifested after his girlfriend dumped him via text message. Ramos recently had an extremely high-profile split from "Hamilton" and "Blindspotting" star Jasmine Cephas Jones, so not only could he channel his real life getting dumped into the character, but it will allow another outlet for the MCU to slowly incorporate some of the "X-Men" universe into the MCU. Another theory is that Ramos shows up as one of the many adversaries of "Blade," who was one of the motivating factors for Williams attending MIT. If Ramos plays one of Blade's baddies on "Ironheart" it could lead to a great crossover with the upcoming "Blade" movie.

Or we could be thinking too deeply into things and Ramos might just be an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. or a member of Hydra or something and we'll see him pop up randomly in other MCU projects. Ramos has predominantly been cast as likable protagonists in his career thus far, so it's more likely that he'll continue the trend in the MCU. Personally, I think Ramos has the chops to be a bad guy, and it'd be an interesting move to let him have a heel turn with that electric smile.