In recent years, Marvel has been working hard to up its diversity game. Introducing characters like Black Panther and Scarlet Witch, as well as race-bending characters like Baron Mordo in this year’s Doctor Strange have worked wonders in terms of adding diversity to the franchise. However, the studio still has work to do, especially when it comes to adding females to the saga.
As of right now, Black Widow and Scarlet Witch are the only superpowered women on the big screen, while Quake, Jessica Jones, and Elektra are the only major Marvel heroines on television. Next year, we will see female antagonists in both Thor: Ragnarok (which will also sport a heroine with the addition of Valkyrie) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and heroines like The Wasp and Captain Marvel are on the way in the future as well. This will certainly help to fill the void of female characters in the MCU, however, the studio had a golden opportunity to introduce a powerful female character in Iron Man 3, and passed on the opportunity.
Back in May, it was revealed that Rebecca Hall’s role as Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3 was originally supposed to be much larger, and much more significant to the plot. In early drafts of the script, Hall was supposed to play the big bad of the movie.
Director Shane Black explained that they “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.” Now, the Golden Globe-Nominated actress is speaking out about the reduction of her character.
That’s 100% true, I’ve been gagging to talk about it with someone, but I haven’t had the opportunity, weirdly. I signed on to do something that was a substantial role… 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 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.
As we reported when the news broke, “it’s worth mentioning that this all took place long before Ike Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee were overthrown at Marvel Studios.” Following the ousting of Perlmutter, adding diversity to their films seems to be a top priority for the studio.
Hall also spoke about how she feels nowadays about the role reduction:
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…
It’s more than a bummer that Hall’s role was so drastically reduced in 2013, but Marvel’s future looks bright when it comes to female characters now. What female characters would you like to see in the MCU? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Toronto Son