For years fans have both speculated about and been told that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be vastly different in a number of ways following this year’s Avengers: Endgame. As we all wait for the proverbial dust to clear (sorry had to do it) when the film concludes over a decade of storylines in April, we now know at least one face we won’t be seeing going forward.
In an interview with Variety, after a decade Gwyneth Paltrow is ready to step out of her secretary/love interest turned badass/CEO Pepper Potts shoes.
“I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” Paltrow said. “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [‘Iron Man’ director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to fans.”
In the comics Pepper wore her own suit of armor as Rescue, only stocked with defensive weaponry opposed to Iron Man/War Machine’s more offensive weaponry, and in the films, Paltrow came close to that when she gained Extremis powers briefly and donned armor for a bit in Iron Man 3.
Despite all that, Paltrow has left the door open to possible cameos or flashbacks should they fit into future films.
“I feel honored to be a part of something that people are so passionate about,” she said. “Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me.”
Paltrow likely is not the only actor seeking to hang up their superhero roles, as Chris Evans has long talked about more than likely leaving the role of Captain America after Endgame. Contracts for Evans, Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johannson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) and others all end with this film.
While Johannson has a Black Widow film in the works, meaning her contract at some point was renewed/upgraded, whether the rest will still be around in some format is hard to say. It’s not likely that they all will die, that would be quite a lot of big deaths for one film, it’s very possible that these characters could see themselves sidelined till a time where it fits for them to come back.
No doubt, many fans will be hoping that Tony and Pepper get their happy ending following whatever happens this spring.