The director – who helmed the box office success that starred Robert Downey. Jr in his final solo outing for the company – admitted that originally the character of Killian was meant to be a woman, but Marvel’s corporate division stopped it due to the potential lower sales for a female toy.
Revealing that Rebecca Hall’s character, scientist Maya Hansen, originally had a much bigger part in the film, the director went on to explain all he could on the record.
“There was an early draft of Iron Man 2 where we had an inkling of a problem,” he told Uproxx .
“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 we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.”
He added: “So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making.”
Shane Black, director of Iron Man 3
“In the earlier draft, the woman was essentially Killian – and they didn’t want a female Killian, they wanted a male Killian. I liked the idea, like Remington Steele, you think it’s the man but at the end, the woman has been running the whole show. They just said ‘no way’.”
The director went on to insist that he’s a huge fan of Marvel boss Kevin Feige and that he should be mentioned as ‘the guy who gets it right’.