A few months back, it was revealed that Iron Man 3‘s villain was originally supposed to be a female Aldrich Killian. Speaking with Uproxx while promoting The Nice Guys back in May, director Shane Black stated that they were forced to change the sex of to a male for fear of the toy sales being negatively affected:
â€œThere was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem. Which is that we had a female character who was the villain in the draft. We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and weâ€™ve changed our minds because, after consulting, weâ€™ve decided that toy wonâ€™t sell as well if itâ€™s a female. So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making. Now, thatâ€™s not Feige. Thatâ€™s Marvel corporate, but now you donâ€™t have that problem anymore.â€
That was a few months ago. Now, while promoting her new film Christine at the Toronto International Film Festival, actress Rebecca Hall (who played Maya Hansen, a villain-ish character in Iron Man 3) went one step further, talking about how her role seemed to increasingly diminish as time went on:
“I signed on to do something that was a substantial role. She wasnâ€™t entirely the villain â€“ there have been several phases of this â€“ but I signed on to do something very different to what I ended up doing. Halfway through shooting they were basically like, â€˜What would you think if you just got shot out of nowhere?â€™ I wasmeant to be in the movie until the endâ€¦ I grappled with them for awhile and then I said, â€˜Well, you have to give me a decent death scene and you have to give me one more scene with Iron Man,â€™ which Robert Downey Jr. supported me on.”
While Hall was likely burned by this experience, she seemed to be confident that they’re heading in the right direction.
“Look, [Marvel] is paying for their mistakes right now. and I applaud them for casting Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. Hallelujah. Itâ€™s about time women started being the heroes of things. They can also be the anti-heroes of the things and thatâ€™s what I feel Iâ€™m getting to do with Christine.”
As time has gone on, I think big studios are becoming more and more aware that moviegoing audiences are actually half made up by females, and in the ever-challenging quest for the all-powerful dollar, they’re making adjustments to appeal to both sexes.
What do you think of Hall’s comments? Do you think Iron Man 3 would’ve benefitted from a gender-swapped Aldrich Killian? Let us know in the comments down below!