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Eh, why not? More Avengers - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Eh, why not? More Avengers
So, I'm currently watching A:IF with a reactor, and one thing struck me that's been bothering me in the Iron-Man arc. In short, it's Pepper.

It's not that I don't understand being worried about the superheroing, but her repeated demands that he stop doing it are... really irksome. Literally, the world is in danger, and he's one of Earth's strongest defenders, and she's kvetching about how he's still doing hero things. It bothered me in Iron-Man 3, too, so I'm not all that sympathetic to "Well, he promised her." It's not a thing that should have ever been asked. I can certainly see the sense in getting rid of all the somewhat unreliable suits and certainly the one that came after her in the middle of the night, but "How dare you try to save the world and miss dinner?" is just... off.

I guess it bothers me because it makes no sense, and it's so petty in terms of the stakes of these stories. It would have made more sense after IM3 if she'd started to understand after participating in the fight in the end, but she seems to have gone straight back to the same tune. Doesn't she even know this person whose love interest she's supposed to be? And also, you've got someone who's genuinely brave and willing to do what's right... that's so rare and special, it seems really strange to try and make him like everyone else. That's just really weird behavior.
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sonetka From: sonetka Date: September 18th, 2018 03:54 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it shows how well those scenes work that my first thought was "Pepper who? Oh, her!" I think it was a misguided attempt to tie the story at least tangentially to the real world -- make them relatable, show that she's afraid for him. Except as you said, it falls flat. The world they're living in just doesn't work like that, so Pepper comes across as "Who cares that a portal just opened up over New York again, the souffle is going to collapse!" Sort of like Honey in "The Incredibles" only, you know, not funny.
princesselwen From: princesselwen Date: September 20th, 2018 01:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree, and that really bugged me. I mean, Pepper didn't used to be such a wimp.
It was kind of a running theme I saw in Infinity War, actually, even on a more serious level. Characters who put the safety of everyone over the safety of one person weren't portrayed well. The reason that bothered me so much was because I thought it ran counter to what superheroes are supposed to be. They're supposed to fight for everyone, to put their lives on the line so people they will never meet can be safe. And to dismiss what is actually a selfless act just feels disrespectful.
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