Several sources have confirmed the rumors that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts will suit up alongside Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark and Don Cheadle’s Rhodey in next month’s Iron Man 3.
One of the first indications was the release of this promotional image for the film’s LEGO tie-in set:
In the comics as well as the recent Iron Man: Armored Adventures TV show, Pepper becomes the armored heroine Rescue, joining Iron Man and War Machine. While she doesn’t always join in the fighting, Rescue does play an important role on the missions, as Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige recently told About.com:
I will tell you this. 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.In terms of where we go with future movies, we’ll see. 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. But the little taste you saw here [in an Iron Man 3 clip] is something that we’re certainly interested in.
I know Robert was really interested in having Pepper do more in this movie, and it was also a factor in me coming back and getting to do things that were a little bit more fun and different and a little bit more adventurous. It would’ve still been nice, but it would’ve been very much the same thing just to be buttoned-up Pepper, and in this movie there’s a whole different experience of her.
As female superheroes have been noticeably underrepresented on screen, it is nice to see Marvel empowering Paltrow’s Pepper. Whether she will suit up for Avengers 2 remains to be seen, but she would make an interesting addition to the team.
What do you think of Pepper donning the Rescue armor?