The only reason I haven't cracked up is probably because you moved in. Which is great. I love you. I'm lucky. But honey, [... the threat] is imminent. I have to protect the one thing that I can't live without. That's you.
—Tony Stark to Pepper Potts in IRON MAN 3 (2013)
Welcome to THE ONE THING, the fanlisting for the relationship between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts from the IRON MAN franchise—the films, comics, animation, and games that were based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phases 1 to 3 (2009 to 2019). If you are a fan of this couple, please consider adding your name to the list! ♥
Why I love "Pepperony"
I wasn't expecting to be a fan of the Iron Man movie franchise. I didn't actually see the first film when it came out because I simply wasn't interested (he was not a hero of my childhood; he was someone I associated with a much older generation), and I went in to watch Iron Man 2 in 2010 only to kill time before I had to meet a friend. (In fact I went in the cinema intending to use the time to catch a few winks.)
And then the opening scene rolled, and I sure as heck was not able to get any sleep.
Then I left the movie theater completely in love with RDJ's portrayal of Tony, and was just overwhelmed with feels about his chemistry with Gwyneth. So I made a beeline for the mall's video store and promptly bought Iron Man DVD. And I've been following their MCU exploits ever since. I've immersed myself in fanfiction, drowned myself in fanart and fanvids, and bought every single DVD (or iTunes movie) featuring the two so I could watch and rewatch every scene as many times as I wanted.
I have been shipping these two for more than ten years.
Why do I love them together? The short answer is that I find the tension between them addictive, and their eventual relationship just ultimately heartwarming. At first, it was only because the chemistry between the actors who play them was so palpable, one could cut the unresolved sexual tension with a knife. But later on, it became obvious that they have an energy that bounced off each other. After the first two movies, one can see how truly they care for each other, and the playboy who didn't give a whiff about true love found it in the one woman who had stood by him all this time.
It's the kind of romance that just warms my heart, because to me, it's a complementary dynamic that is uplifting and positive, a symbiosis that goes beyond mere emotional dependency. I was heartbroken at the end of Captain America: Civil War when they reportedly split up, but squeed out loud (inside the theater, no less) at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming when I saw them reunite. When Avengers: Infinity War revealed that Tony and Pepper were engaged, I was ecstatic—a joy that would be dashed with Avengers: Endgame, the penultimate chapter in Phase 3 of the MCU, which had such a painful ending for Tony. However, it did feel like it was the right ending for him, and I was at least happy he and Pepper were briefly shown to have had a good life with their daughter, Morgan.
I know interest about and surrounding them has largely waned since this installment, but I continue to look fondly these last ten years on what a beautiful, mature love they represented to me.
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This site was launched on May 14, 2018. The current layout (put up on Aug. 13, 2023)—coded for 1366 x 768 resolutions—features a fanart by Beck, used with permission.
The title of this fanlisting comes from that exchange between Tony and Pepper in Iron Man 3 (2013), quoted on the splash page.
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