Robert Downey Jr. Pushed For ‘Pepper Potts’ To Get More Action In IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. Pushed For ‘Pepper Potts’ To Get More Action In IRON MAN 3

Confirming a much speculated spoiler for the Marvel threequel involving Pepper Potts, Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr. says he pushed for Gwyneth Paltrow to get more action this time around.

By DCMarvelFreshman - Mar 10, 2013 02:03 PM EST
Filed Under: Iron Man
Source: Moviefone

For Tony Stark’s big assembly with The Avengers last year, Robert Downey Jr. revealed he insisted on having actress Gwyneth Paltrow reprise her Iron Man role as well. “I was like, ‘You can't just pretend that I got in a fight with Rhodey and Pepper’s out of town,’” Downey Jr. said during an Iron Man 3 press event. “They said, ‘You can't have both of them,’ so I said, ‘All right, I need Pepper.’” Now with Iron Man 3 fleshing out Tony and Pepper’s relationship, furthermore, “I thought, ‘OK, what do we want Gwyneth to be able to do this time?’. And how do we not have it so that she’s not just going (screamy voice), ‘Tony!’ And he’s not just going, ‘Where’s Pepper?’”

Though much speculated and fabricated by LEGO tie-in sets, Downey Jr. confirmed that during the Malibu attack sequence, Pepper [SPOILER] dons the Iron Man suit. “That’s the other thing that I have been pushing for,” added Downey. “She’s in great shape. She’s really game. That was the other thing, too: You have all these genre movies and you have these capable women. And they’re kind of like, ‘Oh my God. Some action is happening. I better step away or get caught in something over here.’ And I was kind of like, ‘Really? Is that where we’re at in the 21st century?’”

Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Marvel Studios will also release “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 sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!
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RextheKing - 3/10/2013, 3:01 PM
I want to see the modified version of the Mark XLII(R.E.S.C.U.E) that Tony will send to save Pepper.
I hope it looks feminine, and I'm not saying it should have breast plates(it can, but thats not what I'm saying) but that it should look like a suit made for a woman.
JatevinM - 3/10/2013, 3:06 PM
I really want to see Pepper kicking some ass. I think she had been around long enough that she knows her away around the suits
jessepostal - 3/10/2013, 3:07 PM
Spoilers Header bud
Rhysno1 - 3/10/2013, 3:09 PM
They're such great friends I love it. If they weren't married I'd ship it
marvel72 - 3/10/2013, 3:11 PM
isn't there a photo of pepper suiting up(rescue).
Rhinoman - 3/10/2013, 3:13 PM
So he just confirmed that the only reason War Machine wasn't in the Avengers was because he just chose Pepper instead...>Charlie Brown walk-away
RextheKing - 3/10/2013, 3:17 PM
@marvel72 In the new trailer it showed a sequence in which Pepper was in the Mark XLII(which if you haven't seen the 15 minutes of footage screened, or haven't read any of the detail given out by the people who have, you wouldn't even know) but thats not the R.E.S.C.U.E armor Tony makes for her. The modified version of the Mark XLII is.
spidey1994 - 3/10/2013, 3:35 PM
Rescue suit!!!
SomTingWong - 3/10/2013, 3:35 PM
ahhmynuts - 3/10/2013, 3:35 PM
i bet shes a closet freak in the sheets ;)
Boyle360 - 3/10/2013, 3:35 PM
Holy crap. She looks completely badass in that picture.
Tainted87 - 3/10/2013, 3:39 PM
Can't wait!
ElmoTheThird - 3/10/2013, 3:44 PM
We know that it was Pepper standing over tony in the first trailer, but who was in the suit when they where sleeping? Sentient?
starkresilient - 3/10/2013, 3:47 PM
she really looks like she is in a great shape
gingerwarrior - 3/10/2013, 3:49 PM
i think it was a dream sequence in trailer 1
jlabatman0511 - 3/10/2013, 3:52 PM
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marvel72 - 3/10/2013, 3:59 PM
@ RextheKing

oh right,here is a video i found jump to 43 seconds.

PartyKiller - 3/10/2013, 4:01 PM
Next trick: Downey Jr. admits he possessed each actor and acted every part in the film.
StormLoganSummers - 3/10/2013, 4:25 PM
Can't wait to see it.
Jaspion - 3/10/2013, 4:28 PM
@ElmoTheThird we do?
marvel72 - 3/10/2013, 4:30 PM
@ TankD

when i watched the video,the image that you see without even playing it is at the 43 second mark.

that was the image i was on about in my first comment.
JorL5150 - 3/10/2013, 4:41 PM
Oh robert... you back on coke?

So if pepper doesn't become a superhero its a failure for feminism?

MaxFaraday - 3/10/2013, 4:43 PM
did i miss something? it doesn't sound like he said anything about her wearing the suit in that quote. it kind of just sounds like him continuing to say that she is capable of action scenes. am i wrong?
DCMarvelFreshman - 3/10/2013, 4:47 PM
@MaxFaraday During this IM3 press event, before the interviews, the journalists were shown footage featuring the scene where the spoiler plays out. During the above interview, the interviewer brought up the spoiler, and RDJ said he pushed for that spoiler to happen.
thewolfx - 3/10/2013, 4:56 PM
Its sad when pepper potts is hotter then maryjane
JorL5150 - 3/10/2013, 4:56 PM
Man of steel III -- lois lane becomes superWOman. (And loveable jenny olsen is supergirl!) Lana lang to be "super....lady!"

Wonder woman III- steve trevor becomes ...wonder MAN!
(MARVEL sues)

Thor III - natalie portman as Thorella!

JorL5150 - 3/10/2013, 4:57 PM
Pepper is the best superhero girlfriend EVER!
GUNSMITH - 3/10/2013, 5:02 PM
GUNSMITH - 3/10/2013, 5:04 PM
TheAbomination - 3/10/2013, 5:10 PM
If this doesn't confirm that Pepper's getting a suit, I don't know what will.
MightyZeus - 3/10/2013, 5:27 PM
Iron Womaaan!!!
superotherside - 3/10/2013, 5:30 PM
Downey is such a nice guy.
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