Re: Pepper Potts as Rescue
Knock knock! Oh no, here comes Mandarin! Better put on my handy-dandy Ms. Iron Man suit and unibeam his ass out the door.....oh wait, you didn't even want the Rescue armor to have offensive weapons, right? So instead, Pepper sits there inside a tin can and lets Mandy whale on her for awhile, *hopefully* to no effect, and *hopefully* he'll just get tired and wander off after awhile....?
Yeah, good luck with that.
Here's a better idea: the way to keep Pepper out of harm's way in the first place is for Tony to (....say it with me, class: ) separate himself from her permanently so that she's no longer a target. I can just about guarantee that's *exactly* what Shane Black intends to happen, judging from the trailers that feature Tony all by his lonesome, and all the cast/crew interviews and set reports and leaks that describe Tony all by his lonesome.
THE COTTON AVENGERS
...They move like slick cotton on oil.