There’s little question that “Iron Man 3” wasted a strong actress with Rebecca Hall. Hall’s Maya Hansen character was initially going to be a major player in the film but ultimately took a big backseat and was changed from what was on the page.
Earlier this year the film’s writer/director Shane Black revealed that the project had a female villain in the form of Hall’s character, but Black was forced to change the script by the studio in the wake of concerns her character wouldn’t sell as many toys as a male villain.
Now, Hall told The Toronto Sun at the Toronto International Film Festival that Black’s quotes are “100% true”:
“I signed on to do something that was a substantial role. She wasn’t entirely the villain – but I signed on to do something very different to what I ended up doing. Halfway through shooting they were basically like, ‘What would you think if you just got shot out of nowhere?’ I was meant to be in the movie until the end…
I grappled with them for awhile and then I said, ‘Well, you have to give me a decent death scene and you have to give me one more scene with Iron Man,’ which Robert Downey Jr. supported me on. 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. They can also be the anti-heroes of the things.”
In the wake of PR scandals involving the lack of female characters in toy form from MCU and “Star Wars” films among others, Disney and Marvel have evolved on this issue. Even so, it does make one wonder what the original “Iron Man 3” script was like.