The Marvel Cinematic Universe is dominating movies after yet another box office-crushing performance from Captain America: Civil War, but the studio’s franchise of interconnected movies has been criticized for being light on women. Neither of the Avengers’ main female heroes (Black Widow and Scarlet Witch) have their own solo movie, or even plans for one. Plus, Iron Man 3 writer Shane Black recently said that the movie’s villain was originally supposed to be a woman, but the studio changed to a man to help the toy sell better. Stephen Colbert mocked this idea on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show.
“Come on, it makes sense. Girls don’t play with dolls,” Colbert said. “This is so disappointing. Back in the ’80s, we weren’t so hung up on the gender of our action figures… I mean everyone had to have Meryl Streep from Sophie’s Choice. I really struggled with whether to open that one or keep it in the box. It was a real… quandary.”
Colbert joked that other famous villains might’ve started out as female. Darth Vader, for instance, could’ve been Darlene Vader, “a talented, powerful woman who struggled to balance her imperial ambitions with raising her rebellious twins.”
And he wasn’t the only one. “Doctor Doom: why does he have to be a man?” Colbert asked. “Are you saying a woman can’t be a doctor, or be an evil techno-sorcerer? They better fix this in the next Fantastic Four movie, and there better not be another Fantastic Four movie.”
Watch the clip below.