Some newly revealed Avengers: Endgame key art showed off a Team Iron Man moment that would have brought fans to their feet. After the movie hit theaters, one of the most popular parts of that final battle was Tony Stark getting the chance to fight side-by-side with Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor. Well, Ryan Meinerding, a visual concepts artist for Marvel showed off a still of War Machine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Rescue all flying in formation together. Seeing all the Stark Tech variants in one spot would have been undoubtedly cool. Don’t get it twisted, the double Uni-Beam was sick, but everyone wanted all the stops pulled out for that final confrontation with Thanos. In the official Endgame artbook, Marvel creators talked about the conversations surrounding the armor suits.
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At the beginning, there was a lot of hesitation toward making a feminine suit,” Marvel Studios conceptual artist Phil Saunders said. “There was a lot of concern about how it would be received, and so the initial mandate was to design a suit that was a little bit more androgynous and a little bit more gender-neutral [like the Iron Man armor first designed and worn in the comics by the character Riri Williams, a 15-year-old girl]— and to me that was the wrong direction to go for this.”
He continued, “I felt strongly that the Iron Man suit had always from the beginning been an idealized male human form rendered in mechanical language, and that’s what makes it a Super Hero suit rather than being simply a space suit or some functional piece of equipment. When Tony Stark puts that suit on, he has to become a hero in the Greek classical sense of the word. So he becomes an idealized figure and I thought that needed to be the same thing for Pepper. Again, I wanted to make it a strong female form without it being sexualized.”
“I only did one concept, which was the red one at the time,” Saunders added. “Initially it was going to be a matching his-and-hers costume. And I presented that. We had a presentation with all of the designs, and it was the only particularly feminine design in the set, and it was really championed by [Executive Vice President of Production] Victoria Alonso. She said, ‘This is what Rescue needs to be. If I were a girl going out to see this movie, that’s the toy I would want to come home with. That’s the one that feels like an empowering female Super Hero design to me.’ So that’s what it was.”
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