To celebrate Pi Day, MIT honored fictional MIT student Riri Williams.

By Nick Romano
March 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM EDT
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MIT gave a shoutout to one of its famous (yet fictional) pupils in a new video.

Riri Williams, a.k.a. Marvel’s Invincible Ironheart, reverse engineers Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit in the dorm rooms of the institution in the comic book series from Brian Michael Bendis. So, for MIT’s latest admissions video, students teamed up to make a short film based on the character.

Titled “Not all heroes wear capes – but some carry tubes,” the fan film is directed by Chris Peterson and Selam G., and stars Ayomide F. as Ironheart.

“Chris asked to meet with me last fall, in late September,” Selam G. wrote in a blog post. “We sat down in an office in MIT Admissions. ‘For the spring admissions video,’ he said, ‘I basically want to make a two-minute trailer for the new Iron Man with Riri Williams.’ This sentence, and the conversation that we had afterward, was what would eventually turn into the video you all saw posted on Tuesday.”

The short, which also marks Pi Day, sees Riri walking the halls of MIT before constructing the Ironheart suit, soaring around campus, and crashing into the Dean of Admissions’ office to grab the tube with her MIT acceptance letter.

Watch a making-of video about the short above.


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