‘That will be all, Ms. Potts.”
Gwyneth Paltrow plans to retire her role as Pepper Potts after Avengers: Endgame hits theaters this April. Endgame will mark her seventh appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She has more than earned the right to walk away on her own terms, but do not despair, as there is hope she could come out of retirement one day.
“I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” Paltrow told Variety. “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. I feel honored to be a part of something that people are so passionate about.”
Paltrow, 46, certainly isn’t too old to wear the business attire required of Pepper Potts as a CEO. She could be referring to a much more advanced suit, one with armor, that her character has worn in Marvel Comics. Even then, she’s not too old to wear such a suit, but again, MCU retirement is her call.
Paltrow may be exiting the stage, but it doesn’t sound like it would take much convincing from Marvel Studios to get her back. “Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me,” she concluded.
Avengers: Endgame will be the culmination of 22 films over 11 years, wrapping up the stories for a number of MCU favorites. It is quite possible, perhaps even likely, that Pepper Potts is one of the characters to whom Marvel Studios has already planned to bid farewell.
Here’s hoping Paltrow’s real-life retirement is reflected in the MCU with Pepper Potts and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) riding off into the sunset and starting a family together, as was teased in Avengers: Infinity War.