#and then she killed him #the end (via peggyleads)
I am SO. FUCKING. HAPPY. We didn’t get the initial draft of this film. Like, no. Anyone who wants to rip this story apart, uh, okay, do your thing, but JFC, at least it wasn’t the first draft. Shane Black needs to take a really fucking hard look at the narratives he inevitably assigns his women.
But yes. Then she killed him a lot, with fire!
I’m also seriously amused at how feminist this film was and how it’s basically an illustration on how shitty a choice it is to be an entitled douchebro who thinks the world owes him something for his intelligence. And that Tony only makes it out the story because he’s on that path and realizes he owes something to the world.
I love that you can also see Pepper being hurt and terrified and just helpless in the face of this horrible, shitty situation. She’s been kidnapped and tortured and then basically told that she doesn’t matter to the person doing it. Her work, her life, her efforts mean nothing to Killian in the face of pulling one over on Tony. But it’s not a surprised face. Because the worst thing, the worst thing, the worst thing, is that this isn’t the first time. It likely won’t be the last time. As far as she’s come, CEO of a multinational company, to Killian - and, lbr, the outside world because it FUCKING SUCKS I HATE EVERYTHING - she’s still a means to an end. Which, as anvil-y as it is, is why I fucking cheered when we get Tony telling Killian Pepper is perfect. Because for Tony, Pepper is the end. And BLESS HIM for his turtle-like maturing - SLOW AND STEADY, BUT CONTINUAL - and realization that Pepper isn’t lucky to be with him. He won the goddamn lottery because he is with Pepper.
Short answer: I wouldn’t give one single goddamn about Tony Stark if Pepper weren’t in the narrative. And Killian went and died in a fire, so fucking HA.
Yeah, see, that’s the one reason we all love Tony: because he cares. Because he learnt to care. Tony got out of the cave in Afghanistan because he realized he owed something to the world. He gave the War Machine armour to Rhodey and tried to set things as right as he could in the time he had when he thought he was dying because he realized he owed something to the world. And it’s in IM2 (well, it does start in IM1, but little hope is held out there) that you see him realizing how much he needs Pepper - after he gave her his company. I’ve never seen a ‘she’s lucky to be with me’ attitude from him. He loved her as a person long before he loved her as an SO - it just took him years and years to realize that
because he’s an idiot, but he did make amends eventually, you have to give him that. He’s always known she’s perfect, he has always counted himself lucky to be with her; it’s just more evident in IM3. And I love IM3 for explicitly showing that, for letting them both be vulnerable and both powerful. Showing Tony triumphant in no small measure because he values Pepper where Killian valued nobody. After all, that’s a fundamental difference between many heroes and many villains, isn’t it, value for the lives and the being of others?