by Brett White
Some spoiler-ish material lurks below, so read ahead at your own quasi-peril!
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dropped something of a bombshell in an interview with About.com. After two "Iron Man" films (and a few scenes in "The Avengers") spent watching Tony Stark and James Rhodes fly off into battle, Gwyneth Paltrow's character, Pepper Potts, finally gets a suit of her own. Kevin Feige went into detail about this new development in the Iron Mythos.
"In this movie [Iron Man 3] we play with the convention of the damsel in distress. We are bored by the damsel in distress. But, sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with 'Is Pepper in danger or is Pepper the savior?' over the course of this movie."
Feige went further into detail about Pepper's relationship with the suit in the comics.
"In the comic books she does get a taste for the suit and becomes her own hero named Rescue, who doesn’t necessarily battle other people, but is on missions to help people and to save people. Will we do that down the line with Gwyneth Paltrow? Who knows. But her being in the suit is something we have been playing with since 'Iron Man 2,' where we did some designs and it didn't end up fitting in that movie."
This development lines up perfectly with an interview that Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., gave to Moviefone earlier this month. Downey Jr. said of his co-star, "She's in great shape, she's really game. There's all these genre movies and you have these capable women and they're like, 'Oh my god, some action is happening, I better step away or get caught in something over here.' It's like, 'Really, is that where we're at in the 21st century?'"
Pepper initially suited up as Rescue during Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's definitive run on "Invincible Iron Man" in 2009. A solo special titled "Rescue" by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Andrea Mutti followed in 2010.
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