Several months ago, while promoting the release of his latest film, The Nice Guys, (which more people should have seen) Shane Black revealed that originally the villain in his divisive Iron Man 3 was going to be a female, before some higher-ups at Marvel told him to cut the role down because they wouldn’t be able to sell as many toys if the villain was a female.
When everyone heard that news as well, I guess you could say the online community all joined in on a collective facepalm.
Rebecca Hall, who played Dr. Maya Hansen and who many fans assumed was originally supposed to be the main villain in Iron Man 3, but whose role was then whittled down into being more of a supporting player to everyone else, did confirm while speaking with Postmedia Network that her role was cut down in the film after all, saying that Black’s comments were “100% true” and that she’s:
“been gagging to talk about it with someone, but I haven’t had the opportunity, weirdly. I signed on to do something that was a substantial role. She wasn’t entirely the villain – there have been several phases of this – but I signed on to do something very different to what I ended up doing.”
As for the state of the Marvel films right now, Hall continued:
“Look, (Marvel) is paying for their mistakes right now and I applaud them for casting Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. Hallelujah. It’s about time women started being the heroes of things.”
Indeed, Marvel is hopefully beginning to enter into a phase in their cinematic universe right now where their female superheroes can get more of the spotlight than they’ve received previously, not only with Captain Marvel, but with a Black Widow standalone film in Phase 4 as well. Hell, even DC is beating them to the punch with Wonder Woman next year.
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