Marvel Rising: Heart of Iron is a 2019 animated television film based (loosely) on the Ironheart comic book series. It is the fifth entry in the cross-platform Marvel Rising franchise, serving as a sequel to Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors and Marvel Rising: Chasing Ghosts.
It is followed by Marvel Rising: Battle of the Bands.
Tropes in this movie include:
- Dark and Troubled Past: Riri's stepfather died five years ago in a car accident, which she believes she could have somehow prevented. Not wanting to feel helpless when people's lives are at stake, this has become Riri's motivation in using her genius to become a superhero like Tony Stark.
- Death by Origin Story: Riri's motivation to become a superhero is the death of her stepfather.
- Heroic Sacrifice: After A.M.I. is uncorrupted, she tells Riri that the only way to close the gate is to destroy the suit housing her, resulting in her destruction. Riri is distraught but does the deed at A.M.I.'s urging.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: When A.M.I. gets reprogrammed to fight the Secret Warriors, Riri tries convincing her to stop the destruction since there's still good in her.
- I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Riri confides to A.M.I. that even if she does feel hurt by the friends she's made at Empire Tech, having friends isn't her priority there and her main goal is to become a superhero to help people.
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- Out-of-Character Alert: While looking at Doreen's pictures of "Iron Man", Kamala feels that something looks off about "him" judging by "his" body language, and Doreen points out that "Iron Man" was less chatty than usual — in fact, he didn't say anything during the fight.
- Reality Ensues: Kamala mentions that superhero-ing has taken time away from her study time and education, which has impacted her GPA and risks her chances at getting into a good college like Empire Tech.
- Ship Tease: Doreen teases Kamala about her crush on Dante, which Kamala counters by bringing up Doreen having gone on about how Rayshaun is "as cute as a bag of hazelnuts". Later, Kamala gets a bit nervous around Dante.
- Shout-Out: Riri uploads the anti-virus software into A.M.I. and destroys the Arc Reactor powering her armor via a spike coming out of the glove she wears on her right fist.
- Teen Genius: Riri is a fifteen year old and already attends Empire Tech.
- Unwanted Assistance: Captain Marvel was handling her fight with Hala just fine until Kamala and Doreen decide to call in the rest of the team to help. As a result, they end up getting in the way, causing more collateral damage and letting Hala escape.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tony gives one to Captain Marvel and the Secret Warriors for wrecking his billions of dollars worth of lab equipment because of their incompetence in handling Hala's attack. Shortly afterwards, Captain Marvel chews out Quake for failing to lead her team properly, America blames Kamala and Doreen for calling them in the first place, and Kamala calls out Doreen for making them secretly follow Captain Marvel to help her fight Hala.
- Workaholic: Riri's friends didn't invite Riri to a party due to not only her age (as the party was not for minors), but because they figured that since she was always busy with her work, she wouldn't be interested anyway. Riri is hurt at not being invited, although after seeing her friend's insensitivity, she brushes off her attempts at including her, which causes her friends to continue believing that they shouldn't bother.