A lot has been happening in the land of Iron Man and Stark industries. In “Iron Man 3,” the villain could not break the glass ceiling and lost her job to a man. In the meantime, Tony Stark wants Mel Gibson to direct the fourth installment.
Women do get it tough in the workplace. Fictional female villains are no exception and often get replaced. Shane Black, who directed “Iron Man 3,” recently revealed that the original villain in the third installment was a woman.
Slash Film elaborates that “Iron Man 3” saw many characters being modified or replaced. Stéphanie Szostak’s character was bigger too at one point. Szostak was one of the bad guys with the Extremis virus running through her body. However, like Rebecca Hall’s, it was cut short.
In a chat with Uproxx, Black elaborated that the early draft of the movie included Hall’s character as the primary villain. “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,” said Black. “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,” he added.
Black also informed fans about how keen Robert Downey Jr. was to have Mel Gibson on board for “Iron Man 4.” “I think he wants Mel Gibson to direct it,” said Black.
According to We Got This Covered, Downey Jr. has been trying to get Gibson to helm the flick. Black believes that Gibson has been good to a bunch of people. “Mel was great to him. Mel’s been really nice to a lot of people, including me,” explained Black.