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Dear Iron Man 3 Execs, Please Put Pepper Potts In An Iron Man Suit

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con was pretty exciting for Marvel fans — not only were five films announced, Robert Downey, Jr. made a surprise appearance, and we got to see the Tony Stark’s new suits for the upcoming Iron Man 3. What more could a Marvel fan possibly want? Well, after Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau mentioned that the idea of suiting Pepper Potts up in her very own powered armor ensemble, the answer is that. We want that, Iron Man 3 executives.

During the Iron Man 3 panel, Favreau revealed that the possibility of Pepper getting her own suit has been kicked around more than once by the production team: “We almost did it a few times; we talked about it a lot. I think we all share your enthusiasm for that, and we all want to see Gwyneth kick a little ass,” he said.

Marvel Studies director Kevin Feige whole-heartedly agreed: ”Everyone at this table thinks it would be the coolest thing in the world to see Pepper get in the suit at some point,” he said. However, despite what seems to be across-the-board approval of Pepper suiting up, no one on the panel confirmed or denied that it would happen.

There’s actually canonical support for having Pepper Potts get her own powered armor suit — it happens in The Invincible Iron Man #14, courtesy of writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. “She doesn’t have to be support staff anymore, not a plot device, not tied to the train tracks, not doing her part to make exposition less obvious. She’s stepping into position not only as a heroine, but as a protagonist,” said DeConnick of the introduction of Rescue, Pepper’s suited-up superhero identity.

So, considering there is ample Iron Man 3 staff support for this (although Favreau is handing the director’s chair to Shane Black. Don’t worry, he will still be reprising his role as Happy Hogan) and textual support for it and it’s pretty obvious that Gwyneth Paltrow would be absolutely amazing as an armored Pepper Potts, we can only ask one thing: What are you guys waiting for?!

(via Blastr.)

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  • Matt Goldey

    Yes, please!!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’d be all for it if a) she isn’t called Rescue (I’ve heard Iron Maiden as a suggestion, but even Iron Woman would be better than Rescue) and b) she doesn’t have individually reinforced breast cones.

  • UrsNY


    Also, The Iron Pot?

  • John Wao

    Why not? As for a name how about Aegis after the armor Athena wore.


  • Alex Cranz

    Putting Potts in Rescue was one of the smartest things that comic ever did and it had some really excellent repercussions over the long run. I especially liked how they made her an absolute badass without having her punch people. It was a neat little character trick that could potentially work really well in the film adaptations. 

    Though I’m pretty sure Shane Black is set on doing Lethal Weapon in Iron Man suits with the third film. So I won’t hold me breath.

  • Nick Gaston

    I’d be all-for it, even if it was just her wearing the suit while attending a board meeting, discussing alternate procurement avenues for Tantalum ore.

  • Doctor Oddfellow

    I wouldn’t mind seeing it happen as long as it didn’t come off as gratuitous or pandering. We also need to see Happy suit up like in the comics. Anyone else?

  • Doctor Oddfellow

    Most superhero movies don’t do the whole superhero name thing, so you really wouldn’t have to worry about what they’d call her. It’d just be Pepper.

  • Doctor Oddfellow

    To clarify what I mean, Marvel has really shied away from calling their characters by name, usually because they sound ridiculous. Characters like War Machine, Green Goblin, Iron Monger and Whiplash are all referred to by their real names. Even Avengers has Captain America referred to solely as Captain Rogers.

  • Leah Hoffman

    Although I hate the idea of a favorite character getting hurt, It would be awesome if they at least set up the premise for it. I think in the comics she gets caught in the crossfire and winds up needing an arc reactor like Tony. Could be the premise of a Pepper/Rescue film, but I suppose with the way Marvel works these days, it’s wishful thinking.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be 100% behind this if it was Paltrow.  She’s just the worst.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny becuase in general I always kind of loathe the concept of taking a civilian character who is a woman and making her a temporary costumed hero mainly because I actually really ::like:: powerful civilian characters who fight for injustice outside of wearing a costume.  I like the idea of showing that there are OTHER equally valuable ways for both women AND men to be heroes and to serve valuable roles in the story.   See: Lois Lane.   As much as the occasional story has been written with Lois suiting up….I actually really object to ever removing her from the pivotal role of journalist because that focus as the career woman and in finding extraordinary in the ordinary has meaning and value in and of itself that you really lose if you give her a supersuit.

    However, for some reason, I don’t really objec to it with Pepper Potts.  Maybe it’s because Pepper is a character who wasn’t always given as many opportunities (unlike say Lois was) to be a driving force in the narrative and to be treated with the power she deserves.   So…why not?  This could be fun.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’d still have preferences. Wouldn’t you?

  • Alex Cranz

    I’m with you on Lois. I love how she fights the good fight with pen and paper and a mean left hook.

    But what works with Pepper, for me, is that it addresses the question “why doesn’t everyone have a suit?” And I like that Tony originally creates it just to keep her safe because she’s always getting attacked/abducted because she’s close to him but that Pepper then uses it to actually help out others and not just throw punches with supervillains.

    It doesn’t help that it gives her character the push into Lois Lane territory. When she loses the suit she’s still VERY capable.

  • Anonymous

    P.S. Don’t make it the color of pale mustard.


  • Brad Barker

    Only if she doesn’t call any kettles black.

  • Chris Meagher


  • Ashe

    Oh, yes, please. 

  • Will

    Ok, but there was a character reason she was Rescue.  Her armor wasn’t just another tool for warfare.  All of her components were created for defensive purposes, to match Pepper’s sensibilities.  The armor was designed purely to…. rescue.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Granted, but if I call a toilet a shitter it sounds somewhat inelegant, don’t you think? By that logic, Captain America should be Symbol Guy, Thor should be Hammer Bro, Hulk would be Angry Green, and Iron Man would be Sex Man.

  • Will

    Fair enough, I just personally find Iron Woman or Iron Maiden much more on the nose and inelegant, and thought an explanation for Matt Fraction’s Pepper as Rescue arc might illuminate the name choice.  But I’m also a fan of having fewer “Ms,” “she-” and “-girl” variants on established superheroes.   YMMV.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Unfortunately, we reached the end of this thread but I wanted to add that I entirely agree and am glad they’ve renamed Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel.

  • Life Lessons

    YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    LOL! I vote Iron Maiden.

  • Anonymous

    Iron Maiden is taken and Iron Woman would make her a Distaff. Rescue works fine and gives her her own identity.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Iron Maiden isn’t taken yet in a Marvel film, it works with the whole AC/DC thing they have going, and I don’t see how it’s any less Distaff-y than Iron Woman…I’m not suggesting Iron Girl or Iron Lady.

  • Anonymous

    It is taken by a villain. And Iron Maiden would fit Pepper’s personality, Rescue does. Like it or not, Recue is the perfect name for her armored persona and it’s her own identity.

    It’s better that she doesn’t have “Iron” in her hero name.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Why is it better?