Iron Man 3 was regarded by fans and critics alike as the worst Iron Man movie of the series.And rightly so, the movie did not have the same zany humor of the first two movies and the movie just did not have the best portrayal of the movie villain Mandarin. Actress Rebecca Hall who starred in Iron Man 3 as Maya Hansen had a lot to say about her part and the film in general.
Shane Black,the director of Iron Man 3 had confessed earlier this year confirmed in an interview that the storyline of a female villain for the last film had to be scraped as the movie studio was afraid it would end in poor toy sales.Thats right, poor toy sales.Sometimes its easy to forget that Marvel Studio is still a corporate hoar:
“All I’ll say is this, on the record: 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,” he said. “We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and 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.”
Rebecca Hall confirmed this rumor when talking to Postmedia Network and also talked about the lack of female superheroes in the marvel world:
“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,”
“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.”
Hall also talked about the mishandling of the supervillain Mandarin in Iron Man 3:
“I’m a people pleaser. Marvel saw so many negative things they made a whole other movie just to apologize called Hail to the King. In which they said, “No, no, the Mandarin is still alive. That wasn’t him. There’s a real Mandarin.” The only reason they made that was an apology to fans who were so angry.”