Rebecca Hall Confirms Her Villain Role Was Reduced in Iron Man 3

Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 9:26AM
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Iron Man
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 - 9:26AM
Rebecca Hall Confirms Her Villain Role Was Reduced in Iron Man 3
Earlier this year, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black revealed that Iron Man 3 almost had a very different villain—Rebecca Hall, who was supposed to have a larger role, which was then reduced because Marvel didn't think that a female villain could sell toys. Now, Hall has commented on Black's account of the changes, and confirms that this story is "100% true."

According to Black, Hall was essentially supposed to play the Killian role, but after the script was finished, Marvel said "no way," because they didn't think a female toy would sell as well. In a new interview with Postmedia Network (via Screenrant), Hall confirmed Black's version of events, and said she had "been gagging to talk about it with someone, but I haven't had the opportunity, weirdly."

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"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.

Halfway through shooting they were basically like, 'What would you think if you just got shot out of nowhere?' I was meant to be in the movie until the end… I grappled with them for a while 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."
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It's nice to hear that Downey (and Black, it seems) supported Hall's ability to carry a villain role, but it's disappointing that Marvel's higher-ups would make a decision based on such sexist logic. Black hinted that the studio's attitude towards women and social justice has improved since Kevin Feige took over, and Hall reiterated that they have improved (if very, very late) with the addition of a few female heroes and one female-led movie:

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"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."
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Adding a few female heroes among the sea of male heroes and one female-led movie after so many years is about the least that Marvel and DC can do, but at least they're improving. Hopefully there will be more female comic book villains and antiheroes going forward as well, especially after the success of Jessica Jones and Harley Quinn. 
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