Marvel: Missed Opportunity for Creating the Next Wonder Woman
There has been a lot of buzz around the web about Marvel’s 3rd installment of Iron Man. Happy or unhappy with the portrayal of Pepper Potts, we can’t deny that there could have been an epic ending for her after all.
Pepper Potts has upped the standards for “the girlfriend” role in classic superhero genres. She’s not there to just look pretty, and dote on love interest, Tony Stark. In Iron Man 3, Pepper actually gets down with some action, and kicks some bad guy ass—in her underwear, but still. Aren’t most female superheroes scantily clad most times anyway? Case in point: Wonder Woman, Jean Gray, Invisible Woman, Supergirl, Black Widow, etc. All wear insanely form fitting, unrealistic-to-the-average-woman outfits, but hey, maybe its easier to kick ass that way. The point is, its refreshing to see Ms. Potts have a more dynamic role this time around, and join Iron Man in killing bad guys.
This brings me to my next point; Pepper Potts is no superhero—but she could have been (ahem, ahem Marvel Comics). As we watch the Iron Man series come to an end, there deems a glimmer of hope when suddenly, Pepper emerges filled with fire glowing in her veins. My first thought was exactly this; Awesome! Now Iron Man and Fire-breathing girl will live on to save the world, together! Or maybe Iron Man and Pyro Girl! Fire-breather? Well, needless to say, I was excited for the next big thing; a new female character to join the Wonder Women before her.
But no, Marvel, no. Instead Pepper Potts returns to normal, and she absolutely falls over with happiness when Tony Stark relieves himself of all his super powers. Forever. The end of Iron Man because his girlfriend wanted him to. Epic.
We can hope that whatever Tony did to “fix” Pepper didn’t work, and for the last 20 minutes of the movie, Marvel was just kidding. We want a new female superhero!