Warning: Spoilers for Avengers: Endgame ahead.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who made her first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the movie that started it all, 2008’s Iron Man, isn’t so sure about reprising her role for future Marvel films. Paltrow, who played Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s (Robert Downey Jr.) wife and appeared in six additional Marvel Studios movies, hasn’t been in a Marvel film since her husband sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos at the climax of Avengers: Endgame.
With Iron Man/Tony Stark no longer part of the MCU, will there be any further narrative development for Pepper or she and Tony’s daughter, Morgan Stark?
“I think so,” Paltrow said when asked if there was any possibility her character might return in the MCU on the latest episode of her “Goop Podcast,” which guest-starred another former MCU castmate, Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson. “I mean, I didn’t die so they can always ask me.”
Johansson, whose character also sacrificed themselves in Avengers: Endgame, and finished her Marvel tenure with 2021’s Black Widow, replied, “I think you may come back at some point.”
The 50-year-old Paltrow retorted in jocular fashion, “Really? A 64-year-old Pepper Potts? How great.”
Paltrow told Variety back in 2019 that Avengers: Endgame would be her last Marvel Studios film.
“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 friends 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.”
When it comes to the MCU however, never say never. Paltrow added that she’d be willing to return as Pepper Potts in a smaller capacity if asked.
“Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me.”
What do you think of the comments made by Gwyneth Paltrow on returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Do you think Potts’ character needs to be further explored (she is technically still CEO of Stark Industries) in a show like Armor Wars or do you believe that her appearance in Avengers: Endgame was a fitting swansong?