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Stephen Colbert to Marvel: Get your act together and make some female villains

'The Marvel Cinematic Universe is kind of a sausagefest.'


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on May 18, 2016   Updated on May 26, 2021, 6:30 pm CDT

Stephen Colbert is just as much of a Marvel fan as anyone, but even he’s got a bone to pick with the company.

Colbert noticed the lack of female superheroes in comparison to all of the male heroes (many whom have a “Man” suffix in their names) in Captain America: Civil War, and he was even more disappointed after a recent interview with Iron Man 3 writer and director Shane Black revealed what could’have been.

Black told Uproxx that he originally wrote the true villain of Iron Man 3, Aldrich Killian, as a woman, but he was ordered to make the character male after Marvel decided that the “toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female.”

To Colbert, the idea that girls don’t play with dolls is ridiculous.

He may joke about the other villains who were genderswapped at the last minute, but his underlying message is clear: Do better, Marvel.

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*First Published: May 18, 2016, 8:07 am CDT