Here’s some news that is sure to ignite some frustration among fans.

While doing press for his upcoming film, The Nice Guys, director/writer Shane Black, who made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut with Iron Man 3, revealed some interesting information regarding the film and how it changed for the big screen. Now, before we get into that, it’s worth mentioning that this all took place long before Ike Perlmutter and the Marvel Creative Committee were overthrown at Marvel Studios. And as we’ve all seen, whether it be through the leaked Sony e-mails, or Ike’s actions over recent years, Perlmutter has never had a great reputation, especially when it came to pushing for diversity within the MCU. So, with that all said, it shouldn’t come as a major surprise that when Black was working on Iron Man 3, he was forced to change the villain from a female character to a male character. The reasoning? It was feared that the toys apparently wouldn’t sell. Now, again, if you read some of those leaked e-mails from Perlmutter as part of the Sony leak, you’ll know that he famously said female led superhero movies didn’t pull in money, which makes this, unfortunately, not all that surprising.

“There was an early draft of Iron Man 3 where we had an inkling of a problem,” Black said in an interview with 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.”

And while some will surely speculate Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige could have kept the original script in play, Black goes on to explain that the orders came from above him. This, of course, isn’t surprising as Feige didn’t have control of MCU films until Captain America: Civil War was already mid-way filming, putting Perlmutter still at the top while Iron Man 3 was underway.

New York called and said, “That’s money out of our bank.” 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.”

What’s interesting about all of this is that Jessica Chastain was originally set for the role before ultimately pulling out, leading to the casting of Rebecca Hall. Could it be because of these script changes? After all, Chastain has been very vocal about wanting to be in a comic book movie, but not wanting to play a love interest. It’s a shame that we didn’t get to see either Chastain or Hall tackle the villain role in Iron Man 3, as both actresses would have knocked it out of the park. Of course, while it’s hard not to think of what could have been, it’s nice knowing that the MCU is finally going to introduce a proper female villain with 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, which will see the wonderful Cate Blanchett reportedly take on the role of Hela.

Source: Den of Geek.