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Marvel Nixed an ‘Iron Man 3’ Female Villain Because No One Buys Toys with Boobs

I am so weary of this capitalist meme hell.

In an interview with Mike Ryan of Uproxx, Shane Black said that he had to can the original female villain he’d written for Iron Man 3 and fuck up the whole script because Marvel was afraid no one would buy a female toy.

Considering half of Marvel’s fanbase is grown men that will be delighted to touch any boob, even if it is tiny and plastic, and the other half of their fanbase is queer chicks who will violently throw money at anything which even tangentially acknowledges that women exist, I feel like Marvel must hate money even more than they hate women.

Which is basically just bad business at this point.

Here’s what Shane Black had to say:

“All I’ll say is this, on the record: 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 and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.”

Iron Man 3 was kind of a mess. And by that I mean it was a fucking mess and a half. The fact that Marvel forced it to be shitty over action figures is the worst shit I’ve heard today. So, what did Shane Black intend before Marvel fucked everything up?

“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.”

That would have been fucking rad. I’m so angry. At least Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who is pretty much known for banning female-led films and characters, alienating actors and filmmakers, and being an eccentric billionaire dick that hides in the shadows, is out of the picture and won’t be making calls like that anymore. Fuck that guy.

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