In the beginning of Iron Man 3 when Extremists attack on his house, he uses his suit to save Pepper's life. The same could be done in the end part of the movie when Pepper Potts was falling from 200 feet. Why didn't he do it?

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    I'm not 100% sure, but was that suit present at the battle at that time? I thought it showed up later.
    – Adam V
    Commented Sep 10, 2013 at 17:28
  • Yah! When Pepper was about to fall ,suits were presents and fighting with other extremists. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 7:14
  • A lot of suits were present, yes, but they were the suits from Tony's basement. Suit #42 may not have been there yet.
    – Adam V
    Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 13:21
  • @AdamV Certainly #42 came at the last moment. But I think other suits too were capable of fulfilling any command by Tony.They were saving Tony ,why couldn't they save pepper (If only she was not injected with Virus). :-) Commented Sep 12, 2013 at 16:34

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The suits were under the command to engage and eliminate all Extremists. The suits considered Pepper too as an Extremist as she had been injected with the virus. Therefore, the suits would try to destroy her rather than save her.

And, IMO issuing a new command to save Pepper Potts would had taken time and moreover be seen as an ambiguous instruction by the suit's system.

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    is "this could be the reason" or "this is the reason"? Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 9:37
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    and why didn't the suit destroy pepper potts ,while she was hanging? Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 9:40
  • @user2509211: If I say "this is the reason", do you have anything to refute the claim. But no, this is all logical inference. And my guess is that the suits did not destroy Pepper then because the virus had yet not been activated.
    – Sayan
    Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 11:17
  • Ok ,So As Pepper was injected with virus ,and that virus could have been activated at any moment...Tony thought It's safe to keep Jarvis away from pepper. :-) I accept your ans. Good thought. Commented Sep 11, 2013 at 16:30

The MK42 was a prototype, thus it was the only one that he had that he could send onto her body or summon to his own. The only one that had those gesture controls from when he injected himself with transmitters in the beginning of the movie. After pepper falls is when he is up top with Aldrich and he says "The prodigal son returns." meaning MK42 was in bound. MK42 then crashed and fell into pieces and he never put it on again. But he wasn't able to order any other suits to attach to her in that period of time. The only way he ever got caught in a suit was from timing his jumps and Jarvis having his back. But there were a lot more suits at that point.

  • I think this is the correct answer. The other suits couldn't work with Pepper, as per Tony's earlier exchange with Rhodey: "Colonel James Rhodes: Give me a suit. Tony Stark: Sorry, they're only coded to me. Don't worry, I got you covered." (source: m.imdb.com/title/tt1300854/quotes)
    – Alex Wally
    Commented May 21, 2018 at 1:12

The Extremis was created as a way of recovering and rebuilding a body. It could activate when a body got injured. Maybe that's why Jarvis' systems started considering Pepper as an Extremist and didn't try to save her when she was falling and attempted to kill her when the virus activated. As for me, though, I was expecting the suit to catch Pepper till the end)))

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