Shane Black Says Iron Man 3’s Female Villain Was Cut Due To Toy Sales

Credit: Marvel Studios
Credit: Marvel Studios

I’m getting reeeeeeaaaal sick of toys for films that do not include female characters of said films.

Believe it or not, people, girls want to play with these things too. By not including them, you’re saying that the female characters from these films like Rey or Black Widow or Scarlet Witch are somehow not as important as their male counterparts.

The fact that it’s 2016 and this is still a problem? It bothers me a lot.

Girls like Star Wars. They like superhero movies. They would also probably like to play with toys from these franchises. Also boys would play with these toys as well.

If you make it a thing not to include them, then you’re also telling these children that girls are somehow not as important than they are.

Why is this making me mad? Because Iron Man 3 had a major villain change because of concerns for toy sales.

According to Shane Black in a interview in Uproxx, Killian Aldrich was supposed to be a woman.

Black said: “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.”


This was back when Marvel had that creative committee that was disbanded approving the scripts. So hopefully things have changed by now with Kevin Feige running the show.

“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,” Black said.

Black has no idea who sent him the memo, but it just makes me sad that toy sales where put first over a story.

Bec Heim