Originally Posted by nogap87
There's a difference between three random chicks at the start of the franchise and Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3. Marvel even gave her a cameo in Avengers. But as Tony says, "Whatever."
I will admit, given the somewhat goofy/lighthearted tone of the movie, I wonder how serious Tony and Pepper would have taken the situation.
On that same subject of "teh tacky that got left on the cutting room floor," there was also a scene in IM2 that featured Iron Man and War Machine literally dueling over a lingerie-clad Olivia Munn in her bed.
Screenwriters have always been trying for sexual innuendo (or even outright sex, though implicit instead of explicit) in the Iron Man franchise.