Originally Posted by T"Challa
Because she needs to stay on the side and be a good love interest, play the damsel in distress role to the best of her ability and leave all the glory to the man of course.
That's not *my* complaint about Pepper. I'm all for getting heroines and superheroines into the MCU --- god knows it's still pretty much a sausagefest right now, and I've been one of the most vocal ones here in getting some equal time for the heroines in the movies.
My complaint is that they elevated Pepper to something she wasn't even remotely in the comics. They turned her first into Tony Stark's Significant Other (when he's *never* had one, being the dictionary definition of a playboy), then into the boss of his company (when she's never been anything more than an assistant, at least until the movie made them start rewriting the comic-book franchise), and now into a superheroine.
I'm not gonna go overboard with "zomg I hate Pepperz!!!1!", and I know I'm in the minority, because Pepper has become a popular character among general audiences; but I'm just personally not a fan of this character in particular getting elevated to prominence, and dominating Tony Stark's life.