Pepper Potts’ Rescue armor from Avengers: Endgame may have never looked better than it does in this video of a cosplayer. RoguesGalleyFitness is behind the cosplay and they were happy to see their hard work appreciated. Reddit flocked to the video showcasing the intricate design. The face shield opens and she can actually move in the setup. One commenter rightfully thought it could have been a video of a statue commissioned for the movie, but it’s just an amazing cosplay. Weirdly enough, some of the people at Marvel Studios had differing opinions on the final Rescue armor. They talked about it in the Avengers: Endgame Artbook.
“We introduce Pepper’s Rescue helmet when little Morgan Stark comes out of the tent at Tony’s cabin, and she’s playing around with it,” Executive Producer Trinh Tran says. “Tony, he’s going, ‘Where did you get that? That’s actually for Mommy.’ So that’s a nice little hint for when she shows up in the battle in full uniform and she’s fighting alongside the Avengers.”
Even though fans have taken to the Rescue design enough for people to adopt it like the intricate cosplay above, there were times Marvel was unsure. Various people at different levels of the company had to stick their necks out to see their vision come to life.
At the beginning, there was a lot of hesitation toward making a feminine suit,” Marvel Studios conceptual artist Phil Saunders says. “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 added, “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.”0comments
“I only did one concept, which was the red one at the time,” Saunders remembered. “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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