Rebecca Hall has corroborated Shane Black’s revelation in June that she was originally intended to be the main villain Killian in "Iron Man 3," but her part was cut due to concerns that enough toys would sell if there was a female villain.
“Halfway through shooting they were basically like, ‘What would you think if you just got shot out of nowhere?’” the actor revealed in a recent interview with The Toronto Sun.
Earlier this year, Black discussed his original plans to give "Iron Man 3" a "Remington Steele"-esque misdirection, where audiences would think the villain was the man but, in the end it would be revealed that “the woman has been running the whole show.”
“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.”
After confirming Black’s story was "100% true," Hall went on to applaud Marvel who, after receiving criticism for being slow to make a solo female superhero film, recently cast Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.