Originally Posted by Figs
After awhile, comments about Pepper, Happy and Shield/Nick Fury being in the movie too much don't bother me and I started to realize a lot of those comments are coming from fans of the movies and not necessarily fans of the comics. In the comics(early days especially) Pepper and Happy are both in it quite a lot. Nick Fury and Shield are also a fairly big part of IM's world as well.
Coming from a filmgoer's standpoint I can see why they were distracting or uneeded but me being a huge fan of the comics...I loved it. Favreau not only was inspired by the Demon in a Bottle and Armor Wars stories but one of the old school stories(forgot which number/s and I think it was still in Tales of Suspense before IM got his own self title comic) were Happy helped get him his suitcase with the suit in it, in that as well as a few other issues, Happy was very prominent in them.
I enjoy the comics and love to read them, but the film is NOT the comic, there is only so much you can fit in 2hour-2 and a half hours, before it starts to feel bloated and abit too full to move well, that's what I felt with this film, when it got momentum is was great but then you get a road block that slows it all down, a steady build up is best but IM2 goes, fast, slow, fast, slow, fast.
The "non comic" people I know that have seen it have all said it felt like they were trying to do too much at once, and most don't like Pepper just baffles me how she is getting so much love for not doing an awful lot.
I'd have rather had more Whiplash build up/character development than the Pepper Road Blocks.