‘Iron Man 3’ Almost Had A Completely Different Villain?

Iron Man 3

The big twist in Iron Man 3 was the reveal of who The Mandrin was, and the end result split fans on the bit twist. Making Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin an actor only playing the part while Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian was the true mastermind and therefore the “Real Mandarin” made die hard fans pause. In one hand, it was an interesting twist, the other hand it was a teeny tiny slap in the face. Ultimately it didn’t matter as the film grossed more than $1 billion worldwide and was a success. Director Shane Black was rumored to have had a completely different villain in mind when he originally made the film but the decision was vetoed by Marvel Studios and they went with the Killian/Mandarin angle instead. Now that villain has confirmed his/her original role in the film.

Who was the villain you ask?


Doctor Mya Hansen!

Now to be fair, this was rumored for quite some time. However, today the actress who played Mya Hansen, Rebecca Hall, confirmed the rumors were true and she was to have a much larger role in the film.

“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,”

Director Shane Black had previously revealed that she had a bigger role that was ultimately reduced but did not get too specific. Hall had this to say about the role being cut.

“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…So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making.”

This seems to continue a complaint against Marvel Studios, and films as a whole that there is a lack of equality along the lines of gender. Some complaints have been everything from the lack of marketing on toys featuring female superheroes to their roles in the film perceived as reduced. Hall acknowledged the disparity while still giving Marvel its props for turning the corner on the issue.

“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.”

So what do you think? Would she have made a better villain that Guy Pearce? Or would you still have liked to see the “Real Mandarin?”

Source: Toronto Sun via Comicbook.com

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  • AlphaBlu

    I think we can pretty much put this down to Perlmutter. This wouldn’t happen at Marvel Studios now that he no longer has a say.

    • SAMURAI36

      Man, folks really buy into that spin, huh?

  • Carl

    It’s hard to believe that they would actually send a memo to the actors that they have to change the script because of the toy market. lol

    Now I do believe that an executive would take such an action behind the scenes. Either way that’s long in the past and I don’t think that she would have made the movie much different with a larger role.

    • SAMURAI36

      Wow, you really are a Marvel Zombie. I’ve been telling you for MONTHS that Marvel does stuff like this (& far WORSE) on a constant basis. It’s just that most sites don’t report on it (till much later, such as in this case), because everybody buys into the Marvel spin.
      LOL, “it’s in the past”, as if they don’t still do that kind of thing.

      • Carl

        1st off, I said that I could see that being true just not the memo part. 2nd look at all the people on here saying that it was Perlmutter and guess what, he’s not in charge of the MCU anymore. 3rd, you really are a DC Zombie. 😉

        • SAMURAI36

          This entire thing had been reported a couple of years ago, including the memo part. Not sure what’s so difficult to believe about that.
          People are scapegoating Perlmutter, because that’s the spin Marvel tried to put on it. It’s easier to scapegoat him, rather than run the risk of people ostracizing the movies, because of their racist, sexist CEO.

          And good luck with thinking that Perlmutter (whom you didn’t even know about till I brought him up months ago, BTW) is in no way involved with MARVEL studios. The man who signs the checks. Yeah right.

          • Carl

            Lying again I see. Of course I knew who Perlmutter was before you mentioned him. What a ridiculous thing to say. lol

            Also, Feige doesn’t report to Perlmutter anymore and a big part of that story was giving Feige the ability to spend money how he wants to.

  • Tom Bacon

    Yeah, I think we already knew this from Shane Black’s comments :)

  • Christopher Chen

    Blame on Perlmutter, famous for such infamous sexist memos. Thank God he is out, making someone else’s life miserable, Kevin Feige had enough of him.

    • SAMURAI36

      You mean, like the rest of Marvel? And don’t believe for a second, that Perlmutter isn’t still involved with Marvel Studios, in some capacity. He is still the CEO of Marvel as a whole.

  • Matches Malone

    Mya Hansen would have been a narratively stronger character to use and worked perfectly to further highlight Tony’s evolution as a character over the MCU films; this time from womanizer to dedicated spouse.


    LMAO, anything would’ve been an improvement than what folks got.

  • Maximillian Pegasus