Gwyneth Paltrow Will Retire After Avengers: Endgame – “I’m A Bit Old To Be In A Suit”

Avengers: Endgame could be the last time we see Gwyneth Paltrow play Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if the actress has it her way. In an interview to Variety, Paltrow opened up about wanting to retire from the MCU, cherishing the time she got to play this role as a favor to her friend Jon Favreau. And in the more tantalizing statement, she talked about being “too old to suit up”, hinting even further that Rescue could make an appearance in Endgame, perhaps to save Tony Stark from space.

I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point. I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first Iron Man and then to watch how important it has become to fans.

The bit about suiting up is a dead giveaway that Potts will indeed don the Iron Man suit and assume the moniker of Rescue. This has also been slyly hinted at in the first Endgame teaser through some clever wordplay by Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark. Of course as of this moment, it’s nothing but just that: a hint, not an official confirmation. But it’s still a strong one regardless.

Having said that, Gwyneth is thankfully open to reprising the role of Pepper Potts through cameos if it requires a day or two of shooting to wrap up her role. It’s possible this is how we may see her in Spider-Man: Far From Home or not at all; her signature is after all visible in the first trailer that aired back in January.

I feel honored to be a part of something that people are so passionate about. Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me.

That’s rather good to hear. It most certainly means Marvel won’t have to worry about recasting Pepper Potts, as long as they don’t plan on using her in a lead capacity. Which, considering the wealth of characters at Marvel’s disposal, should be pretty much a non-issue at this point.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to it, as the remaining Avengers band together to undo Thanos’ snap and restore some order to the world in chaos after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. It is set to release worldwide across theaters on April 26, 2019. If the hype is getting to you, consider reading our Road to Avengers: Endgame series, starting with 2008’s Iron Man.