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PEPPER POTTS: Rescue [bio]

"I'll take the boss's fastest car. Tony Stark won't mind! He's probably night-clubbing somewhere -- with some wealthy glamour girl! How can he be so cold-blooded -- so unfeeling? Has he no heart? Why is he never even here when he's needed? And, most important of all -- how could I have ever thought -- that I loved him?"

Comic Book History

Virginia "Pepper" Potts is a Marvel Comics supporting character and a love interest of Iron Man. She first appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963) and was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.

First Appearance

Pepper, who came from the secretarial pool, fixed an accounting mistake by Stark which landed her the job of executive assistant. Pepper is originally infatuated with Tony and responds to the attentions of Stark's chauffeur and assistant Happy Hogan with caustic remarks. She would later get Stark's growing affection which would put her in a love triangle between Stark and Hogan. However, she eventually decided to marry Happy.

No longer looking like a drab secretary

But marital bliss was not for Pepper and Happy, and the two got a divorce, apparently due to an affair commited by Pepper.

However, Pepper and Happy would later reconcile but this reunion ended in a tragedy. When Hogan was badly injured fighting a supervillain, and the only thing that's keeping him alive is his life support system. Pepper made a request to Tony, to let his suffering end and turn-off the life support system, whether Tony complied is still debatable but Hogan still ended up dead.

After the events of the "superhuman Civil War", Pepper Potts joined the Fifty State Initiative as a member of 'The Order', a government sanctioned superhero team operating within California. She used the alias Hera and uses advanced computer hardware and prosthetics to monitor and coordinate the team's missions. Upon the absorption of The Order into the Initiative, Tony Stark offers her a job on the special projects team at Stark Enterprises, which she accepts.

After her stint with the Order, Pepper Potts returned working as a personal secretary of Tony Stark. In one of Stark's party a villain caused an explosion which caused severe multiple internal injuries to Miss Potts. Stark went on to saving her by essentially turning her into a cyborg. Pepper survives the procedure, but it is uncertain when, or if, the magnet can ever be removed. Pepper's body is further enhanced with new cybernetics and upgrades to the magnet, and she fears she is losing her humanity and has become a weapon. However, Tony admits that her bionics are not Starktech or weapons-based, but from Danny Rand's design for a new battery. Comforted by this, Pepper embraces her enhancements, exploring her new magnetic powered abilities, like gliding over magnetic lines. She would later acquire her own suit of armor designed for him by Tony. While wearing this suit she would use the moniker Rescue.


Iron Man: Armored Adventures
PEPPER POTTS appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures voiced by Anna Cummer. She is portrayed as a fast talking classmate of Tony and Rhodey, who would later be a part of their team when she discovered Tony's secret of being Iron Man.

Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
PEPPER POTTS would also appear with Marvel's top superheroes in the animated series The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. She was voiced by Dawn Olivieri.

The Invincible Iron Man
In the animated feature, Invincible Iron Man she was voiced with a british accent by Elisa Gabrielli.

Gwyneth Paltrow portrays the character in both Iron Man feature films, Tony noting at one point in the first film that she is virtually the only real friend he has at the company. In the latter film, Potts is promoted to CEO of Stark Industries as Tony, dying from his reactor's toxic side-effects, sets his affairs in order. Tony hints in a conversation at the end of the film that he and Pepper have become a couple.

Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

As Hera, Pepper was able to observe and communicate with the Order team via telepresence. With her bionics she has been able to use a magnetic carrier wave for flight.

In her Rescue armor, she is capable of the similar powers as Iron Man, such as superhuman strength and durability, flight, and repulsor blasts. It also has an A.I. version of Jarvis to assist her and answer questions.

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