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Speak for Yourself, Endgame Writers. I Wanted to See Tony Stark Deal With a Pregnant Pepper Potts.

Pepper Potts and Tony Stark in Iron Man 2

It’d be funny if I weren’t so annoyed, but it seems as if screenwriter Christopher Markus is out here continuing to make unnecessary comments about Avengers: Endgame. It’s no secret that I love a superhero with a family. Watching X-Men: Days of Future Past, I suddenly wanted Magneto to have the best life because he needed to be there for his son. Superman Returns is still a classic because Clark Kent had to come to terms with his disappearance and what it meant for his son that he never knew about.

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So imagine my excitement when Tony Stark goes strutting up to a tent saying “Maguna,” and suddenly Morgan H. Stark emerges wearing the Rescue helmet. I promptly melted in my seat and knew that I was a goner. Still, I didn’t really think that I was ripped off when it came to anything between Pepper and Tony at the time, mainly because they were, out of every relationship in the MCU, the most developed and, surprisingly, stable of them. We’ve gotten bits from Iron Man onward. Still, you know what I don’t need? Christopher Markus to say that we didn’t need to see them … you know, being happy?

According to, the screenwriter told Backstory Magazine that he figured that if we just fast-forwarded to the Potts-Stark house already, that’s all that people want to see:

“We wanted to see the long-term effects. I don’t think anybody needed to see the proposal and the wedding and the pregnancy of Pepper Potts. What we want to see is that family unit as a functioning whole.”

Seeing Tony Stark deal with a pregnant Pepper Potts would have been great. A shoe would have been thrown at him at some point, and watching him freak out about being a dad would have brought all my favorite fanfiction tropes about Tony Stark to life. Have you ever read a Tony Stark/Pepper Potts fic? It’s all about their lives together having Morgan and being married and happy, so like … it would have been nice to see that onscreen.

Again, I didn’t think their story lacked anything while I watched Avengers: Endgame., but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have liked to see it. I wanted to see their wedding, watch Tony with a baby Morgan, watch as that relationship grew … but I didn’t get it, so that was that. But the idea that no one needed to see it or that no one would want that shows a lack of understanding of the audience.

Because now, all I want in this whole world is an Iron Man 4 where it’s that five-year gap and shows Tony and Pepper just living their lives out in the cabin, teaching Morgan and feeding her juice pops.

(via, image: Marvel Entertainment)

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Rachel Leishman
Rachel Leishman (She/Her) is an Assistant Editor at the Mary Sue. She's been a writer professionally since 2016 but was always obsessed with movies and television and writing about them growing up. A lover of Spider-Man and Wanda Maximoff's biggest defender, she has interests in all things nerdy and a cat named Benjamin Wyatt the cat. If you want to talk classic rock music or all things Harrison Ford, she's your girl but her interests span far and wide. Yes, she knows she looks like Florence Pugh.

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