Originally Posted by metaphysician
Like hell it doesn't matter. The movies so far have done a damn good job selling Tony/Pepper; if they kill Pepper off, the audience is *not* going to be casually cheering Tony to pick up a younger model.
As for marrying Pepper to Happy, how could you believe such an idea is even vaguely credible based on the actual movies? Yes, it happened in the comics, but that's *entirely irrelevant* to whether its a credible event in the movies.
Paltrow herself has said that fans haven't warmly received her character, even though she's done a damn fine job at her work. I'm pretty positive that most audiences would prefer Tony to be his usual playboy self than a one-woman man. The movies have done a better job at selling *that* aspect of his personality than the Tony-Pepper relationship. RDJ is who the audiences are coming to see, not Gwyneth.