Most of the Iron Man 3 trailers and clips emphasize one scene where Tony Stark says he needs to protect “the one he cannot live without,” referring to the love of his life, Pepper Potts. In the latest Iron Man TV spot, we get two clear examples of what Stark is willing to do to protect Pepper.
Up until now, we’ve kept details surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow’s role in Iron Man 3 behind spoiler warnings, but Marvel Studios has now made an effort to show the world when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige meant in saying Iron Man 3 is all about Pepper Potts.
A fan at Comic-Con last summer asked Feige, director Shane Black and the stars of Iron Man 3 if moviegoers would ever get to see Paltrow wear the RESCUE armor from Marvel Comics and the panel responded by saying everyone would love to see Pepper “kick a little ass” in her own suit. Now we know that the whole time they managed to keep straight-faced on the subject, knowing full well that Potts will be suiting up in the threequel.
The first of the two new TV spots feature Stark summoning the golden Mark XLII armor to Pepper as the house falls apart, and we get a shot of Pepper from inside the helmet. Lastly, the image we’ve seen for months of the armor crouching over Tony is not the sentient armor many speculated, but Pepper protecting him. Good of Marvel for keeping fans guessing all this time.
For fans following the marketing materials and our coverage of Iron Man 3 closely, Pepper’s armor has been common knowledge for quite some time. Her suiting up during the attack on Stark’s seaside mansion was revealed in the LEGO toy sets and leaked armor descriptions, later confirmed officially by Paltrow herself.
Paltrow also revealed that she’s involved in the final battle, an action sequence Feige claims is bigger than The Avengers.
For more details on new armor Pepper may get herself, read our unofficial Iron Man 3 armor guide.
Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Stephanie Szostak, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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