Additionally: it is my stated opinion that Tony Stark spends the entirety of Cap II on a very small, very remote tropical island somewhere in the Pacific, recovering from open heart surgery.
There is no internet anywhere on this island. Pepper made very fucking sure that there would be no internet, anywhere on this island.
They’ve spent two weeks in this ridiculous push-pull where Tony keeps trying to sneak away and make, like, a satellite phone out of two coconuts and a clamshell, because PEPPER YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND BEING CUT OFF FROM THE GRID IS BAD FOR MY RECOVERY IT DOES HORRIBLE THINGS TO MY BLOOD PRESSURE
and Pepper just looks at him, holding the half-built coconut phone in her hand, and says YOU ARE RECOVERING FROM MAJOR SURGERY TONY, and NOT TO MENTION THE PTSD THING WE NEVER BRING UP
and Tony says, LOW BLOW, I THOUGHT WE WEREN’T GOING TO BRING UP THE PTSD THING
and Pepper says, YOU SURVIVED SPENDING THREE MONTHS IN A CAVE—
and Tony cuts her off and says TRAPPED IN A CAVE, AND AT LEAST THEY LET ME BUILD THINGS THERE
but Pepper just keeps talking, rides right over him, THREE MONTHS IN A CAVE IN AFGHANISTAN, YOU CAN’T SURVIVE TWO WEEKS ON THE BEACH IN A TROPICAL PARADISE WITH ME?
and Pepper knows Tony well enough that she relents and lets him tinker a whole bunch on any number of fun, non-communications-based, Gillign’s Island sort of inventions: palm frond fans with superior cooling systems, etc, and he completely rebuilds their generator twice, and also massively improves their ice-making machine so that it also blends the perfect virgin daquiris because you’re on heavy post-surgery pain meds, Tony, there is no hard liquor anywhere on this island, we don’t need you to pass out from mixing narcotics when we don’t have a satellite phone to call for help (SEE I TOLD YOU WE NEED A PHONE) (I HAVE A PHONE, TONY, FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY, WHICH MEANS EMERGENCIES ON OUR END, NOT THE REST OF THE WORLD’S, WHICH YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE)—
so they finally get back to the mainland, and Tony gets a tablet in his hands again, oh sweet relief of technology, and there’s Jarvis starting to fill him in on the stock reports and, oh yes, the smoking wreck in DC where the SHIELD headquarters used to be.
and Tony just waves the tablet at Pepper and says SEE, PEPPER??? DO YOU SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE GO OFF THE GRID.
(Pepper is ignoring him completely because she’s got two or three weeks of going totally incommunicando from being CEO to catch up on, so she’s kinda busy here, Tony, go play with your robots. Call Steve. She’s got stockholders to reassure.)