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By Zack Zeigler
In reprising her role as Pepper Potts in "
"The secret weapon of the franchise is the chemistry between Robert and Gwyneth," revealed Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the film's production notes. "When you give the script pages to them and they start rehearsing, you sort of tuck the pages away and just watch what they start doing. It's so honest and real."
We know the connection between Potts and Stark, her boss, is anything but strictly business, but the boundaries of their relationship were not clearly defined by the time credits rolled in "Iron Man."
"The charged dynamic between them works and that's what we wanted to continue," said Feige. "At the end of the first film, Tony starts to reference
|Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts|
Paltrow added, "she tries not to be reactive and steer [Stark] in the right direction. She's really like the great woman behind the man."
One aspect of the sequel's story will see their evolving relationship get put to the test with the addition of Natalie Rushman (Black Widow), played by Scarlett Johansson.
"It's great to have another female character in the film because it adds a whole other layer in terms of Tony and Pepper," noted Paltrow. "It makes it really fun to play and we're very fortunate to have Scarlett in the film because she's a really great actress."
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