The Spider-Man: Homecoming Cameo That Surprised Us All
Spider-Man: Homecoming has been in theaters since July 7th and it’s getting great reviews. It is certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with 93% from critics. A lot of people are saying this is the best Spider-Man movie yet, others are saying it is just an Iron Man movie in disguise. In fairness, Iron man plays a big role in the movie, but there is no question this is a movie about Spider-Man.
Throughout the movie we meet a lot of new characters, including the movies villains Adrian Toomes a.ka. Vulture played by Michael Keaton and his sidekick Herman Schultz AKA Shocker played by Bokeem Woodbine. We also meet Peter Parkers high school classmates. This include his best friend Ned, his school bully Flash, the girl who is too cool to care, Michelle and the hot girl, Liz. These side characters add to what makes the movie fun.
But along with these new characters we also see familiar faces like Tony Stark, Aunt May and Happy Hogan (Starks driver from Iron Man 1, 2 and 3). The one face we weren’t expecting to see was the face of Pepper Potts! It is a tiny cameo toward the end of the movie, but it was quite the pleasant surprise.
So why should you care that Pepper Potts had a cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Think back with me to the first Iron Man movie. Pepper Potts was a very important character. She started off as Tony Starks extremely dedicated assistant, doing “anything and everything Mr. Stark requires. Including occasionally taking out the trash.” As she so snarkily explained to a reporter that slept with Tony to get a story.
Pepper Potts is part of what made Iron Man awesome. She believed that Tony was good even before he had his life-changing experience in the terrorist’s cave. She saw the best in him and she also brought out the best in him. She was hilarious and smart and beautiful. When Tony needed her help in the end she was terrified, but she didn’t hesitate. She helped him overload the arch reactor wearing heals and shaking in fear the whole time.
Tony Stark without Pepper Potts is just an arrogant genius who thinks he knows what’s best for everyone. (I.E. when he created Ultron and almost destroyed the earth.) Notice, Pepper Potts wasn’t around when Tony created Ultron. Tony needs Pepper, but where has she been?
If you’ll remember, in Captain America: Civil War, Tony tells Steve that he and Pepper are taking a break and it’s nobody’s fault. He goes on to explain that a few years ago he almost lost her. By the end of his explanation he does kind of admit it’s mostly his fault. After all, he is the one who created Ultron and he is a handful. Tony also mentions that he thought the Accords could “split the difference.”
A lot of people have mentioned that it seems like they are trying to write Pepper Potts out because she hadn’t been in any movies since Iron Man 3. This is why her appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming is so important. Without giving any important movie spoilers, I will just say, it seems like Pepper and Tony are back to normal. In her short two minute scene, she enters the room smiling and talking to Tony with that old familiar tone. She even gets on to him a bit for making a mistake the way she always used to point out when he screwed up. But it is all in good fun. She and Tony both looks so happy and it must make you wonder if the accords really did make a difference for their relationship.
Pepper disappears for two movies and then Tony signs the Accords and BOOM she’s back! I hope this means we will see more of Pepper in the upcoming Avengers movies. Pepper is a small character, but an important one. She helps Tony to be more than just a brilliant mind, but also an amazing and kind person.