Earlier this week, Iron Man 3 writer-director Shane Black divulged in an interview that he originally had a woman as the film’s villain but was forced to swap genders to sell more toys. Well, Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter has a few words for that.
“Girls can sell toys,” she exclaimed to Colbert on The Late Show. “I don’t know if there is [a Jessica Jones toy] yet, but there should be and I bet it would sell huge, and I’m gonna make some phone calls after this.”
Colbert noted how Ritter used the Marvel show as a means to address important issues, and this can be another one. Watch her discussion below.
As Black explained the Iron Man 3 situation to Uproxx, “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. 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.”