The Irish writer will be penning a young adult novel featuring Iron Man, to be published in autumn 2016, which Marvel describes as “an electrifying new take on the Marvel universe’s most famous billionaire super hero”. It’s not Colfer’s first foray into other people’s universes: he penned the sixth book in The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy sequence, And Another Thing.
Colfer’s story is one of five new books aimed at a young adult and middle grade audience. Black Widow: Red Vengeance! is a sequel to Margaret Stohl’s Black Widow: Forever Red; Tom Angleberger (creator of the Origami Yodi stories) has written Rocket & Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall; and Shannon Hale is writing two books, one featuring Squirrel Girl, and the other starring Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel.