Originally Posted by kaijunexus
I very much doubt that Pepper dies. She is such an integral part of Tony's character in these films that we'd have to dedicate Avengers 2 and Iron Man 4 to just dealing with his crippling depression and grief is she were to be taken out...
I think it comes down simply and un-poetically to a business decision. Gwyn has already voiced a desire to move on; she doesn't need the money or the role to stay in the public eye; and Marvel wouldn't mind writing an expensive star's salary off their books.
And from a fanboy standpoint, it frees Tony up to become the player he's always been in the comics. A big wedding ceremony featuring Tony Stark and Pepper (or, well, anybody for that matter) would be bat**** goofy.