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Iron Man 3 Had To Cut Their Female Villain Because Marvel Didn't Think The Toy Would Sell!

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Iron Man 3 was a controversial movie among fans, but most agree it's a pretty original story.

Shane Black and his cowriter Drew Pearce wanted it to be even MORE original — by making the villain a woman!

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In a frank interview with Uproxx, the director explained that Marvel Entertainment put the sexist kibosh on the forward-thinking idea of a female mastermind:

"There 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 we've changed our minds because, after consulting, we've decided that toy won't sell as well if it's a female. So we had to change the entire script because of toy making."

Black said they also had to cut down the roles of other big female characters Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) and Brandt (Stéphanie Szostak).

Eesh! No wonder Kevin Feige got out from under their rule!

Kevin is the head of Marvel Studios, who make the movies; he recently moved that wing directly under Disney after highly-rumored fights with Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.

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If you want to understand their beef in short: Kevin said it 'would be fun' to do Black Widow solo movies. Ike didn't want Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War and said a solo female superhero movie couldn't work because Halle Berry's Catwoman flopped.

Shane is clear on being a "Kevin Feige fan" though. He said:

"If you ever say anything about decisions made at Marvel, I hope you'll qualify it by saying that Kevin Feige is the guy who gets it right. And I don't know if it was Ike, I don't know who it was. They never told me who made the decision, we just got that memo one day and it was about toy sales. That's all I know."

So there you have it. If you've ever wondered why your kids can watch Scarlett Johansson or Elizabeth Olsen kick butt on the big screen but not buy their toys, there it is!

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