Gwyneth Paltrow is a phenomenal Pepper Potts. We last saw her at Tony Stark’s funeral in 2019’s Infinity Saga-capping Avengers: Endgame, and that seemed to close out her story beautifully. Prior to today, we had no real reason to believe that the actress would ever return to one of her most popular roles. Her character’s story was, after all, finished. Or was it? Recent comments from Paltrow herself may shed some new light on where she stands on coming back as Pepper.
According to People (via Screen Rant), Gwyneth Paltrow is open to returning as Pepper Potts in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, but only in a much smaller capacity. She said of her potential return: “I think if it was a small part that I could do in like a day or two, I would of course be open to that.”
So there you have it, folks. Basically, Gwyneth Paltrow is shutting down any notion of her returning to a larger Pepper Potts part. The actress has semi-retired, pouring most of her time and energy into her wellness company GOOP. She didn’t seem too keen on being in Marvel movies while she was consistently a part of them, so it is tough to imagine her wanting to sign a six-movie deal with Marvel.
Gwyneth Paltrow first appeared as Pepper Potts back in 2008, when Marvel Studios architect Kevin Feige kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first Iron Man. Since then, she has gone on to star in many of Marvel’s big-screen hits and share the screen with other prominent actors, even though she doesn’t always remember sharing scenes with some of them.
It will be interesting to see if Marvel takes Gwyneth Paltrow up on her offer. It may not be worth having her back in such a limited way, especially with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark supposedly done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Pepper was a great character, and with her arc so closely tied to Tony’s, it is probably best if the Marvel Cinematic Universe moves forward without her.
Still, it would be fun to see Gwyneth Paltrow return to her role, especially if the cameos Marvel picks for her are funny, memorable, etc. Her chemistry with Robert Downey Jr. was one of the reasons her character worked so well, but Paltrow could absolutely carry a cameo without him should the need arise.
At this point, there are many exciting possibilities for Disney and Marvel Studios. From the genre-bending WandaVision finale rocking the world last week to next week’s highly anticipated Falcon and the Winter Soldier premiere, so much is happening and even more is being set up. We have Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder coming next year, which are looking to be the weirdest, wildest, and least likely to include Gwyneth Paltrow films in the franchise. Hopefully, though, if Paltrow shows up in a future Marvel Cinematic Universe project, she will appear in a way that makes sense and serves the story in some way. Knowing Kevin Feige and his dedicated team of storytellers, we do not have much to worry about.