#and then she killed him #the end (via peggyleads)
See this is the scene I direct people to when they ask why Pepper took down Killian, and not Tony. Partly the point of Pepper being the final powerhouse saviour in the film is to show that hey, if anyone is kicking anyone’s ass around here, Pepper’s doing the ass-kicking. Pepper has always been the strongest between Tony and herself- it’s just that she was usually the business end rather than the fighting end, the one coordinating the battle behind the scenes.
But here there is no behind the scenes. Pepper is in the direct firing line here. And Aldrich Killian is doing what so many people do to her- underestimate her. Belittle her. Think that she is weak and insignificant next to Tony. Killian thinks that he can own her.
And when Pepper is belittled and possessed, she always takes control over them. She gets the upper hand no matter what, because she is Pepper Goddamn Potts and she will not be owned.
So here she stares Killian down with, yes, fear, but not submission. Because she already knows she is going to make Aldrich Killian pay.
And for the first time, Pepper Potts gets to show overtly just how strong she is.