Gwyneth Paltrow is retiring from the MCU after Avengers: Endgame.
“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 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.”
Paltrow is the first actress to board the MCU, she debuted in the role of Pepper Potts opposite Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in the first Iron Man in 2008. Since then, she’s reprised the role five more times over the last decade in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. She’s up for another appearance in a couple of months in the much-anticipated Phase 3 capper.
We already know Potts will play some sort of role in Endgame, as Tony Stark is seen recording a message for her as he is adrift in space in the film’s first trailer. She’s also tangentially tied to the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, as her signature can be found on the oversized check seen at the beginning of its first trailer – this is likely just a small reference, and doesn’t suggest she’ll actually appear in the film.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.