Gwyneth Paltrow Is Mad Fans Want Her To Return To Marvel

By Robert Scucci | Published

Gwyneth Paltrow

In a recent Q&A on her personal Instagram stories, Gwyneth Paltrow explained why she has not returned to the MCU. Paltrow, who portrayed Tony Stark’s wife, Pepper Potts, did not parse her words when she said that her role in the MCU died with Iron Man when he met his fate in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame.

In her statement, Gwyneth Paltrow stated that she’s “just sitting here,” and told her followers that if they want to yell at anybody, then they should call up Marvel. Though nobody could argue that the chemistry between Pepper Potts and Tony Stark was nothing short of iconic, it doesn’t mean that Paltrow can’t bring that same kind of energy to any future MCU film on the release slate.

Gwyneth Paltrow said her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ended when Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man died

The death of Iron Man shocked all of us, and was one of the more emotional moments we’ve seen since the MCU kicked off with 2008’s Iron Man, but we’re left wondering if we’ll ever see Pepper Potts make a return to the franchise.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Pots was so much more than just Tony Stark’s love interest if you look at the entire Infinity Saga as a whole. In many ways, she was the entire life-blood of Stark Industries, and functioned as an extremely competent CEO.

Given her thick skin, as well as her uncanny ability to put up with Stark’s nonsense, it’s safe to say that Paltrow’s portrayal of Potts delivered a healthy amount of comic relief. And she also kept Stark on the straight-and-narrow when his ideas of innovation got just a little to grandiose for her tastes.

In other words, just because Robert Downey Jr. has been removed from the equation, probably indefinitely, it doesn’t mean that the MCU has to be done with Gwyneth Paltrow. Her characterization, and no-nonsense attitude could very well be utilized in the upcoming Avengers movies that are slated for 2026 and 2027 releases, with or without Iron Man.

But if Marvel Studios truly believes that there can’t be a Pepper Potts without Iron Man, then we shouldn’t hold our breath anticipating Gwyneth Paltrow’s return to the MCU.

Robert Downey Jr. has gone on record somewhat recently, stating that he’s happy to be done with Marvel Movies

Robert Downey Jr. has gone on record somewhat recently, stating that he’s happy to be done with Marvel Movies, so it doesn’t look good at the time of this writing. He also could have signed an NDA, and just isn’t willing to talk about it, but we’re just speculating here.

As Marvel continues to explore The Multiverse Saga, there may very well be a compelling reason for Robert Downey Jr. to return to the MCU, and with him Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts.

Though both upcoming Avengers films, The Kang Dynasty, and Secret Wars are years out and very much under wraps, it’s not totally absurd to speculate that we’ll see Iron Man alive and well on a different timeline. Whether Robert Downey Jr. is up for reprising his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man if the storytelling calls for it is up for debate, however.

As of this writing, The Kang Dynasty is slated for a May 2026 release, and Secret Wars is expected to be released a year later in May 2027. Though it doesn’t seem likely that Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. will have an MCU reunion, we can still take the former’s advice and start yelling at Marvel to at the very least consider it.

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