In April, Pepper Potts will be no more, as Gwyneth Paltrow has announced plans to retire her portrayal of Tony Stark's secretary-turned-fiancee 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.”
Since appearing in 2008's Iron Man, Paltrow reprised her role in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. Fans watched her character evolve from a secretary/personal aid to the CEO of Stark Industries, where her relationship with Tony went through a series of ups and downs due to his life as Iron Man. A leaked photo from Endgame and now Paltrow's comments have seemingly confirmed Pepper will assume her comic book identity of Rescue, wearing a custom-made suit of armor that will allow her to fight alongside Tony and the other heroes in their upcoming conflict against Thanos.
Nevertheless, while this squashes a rumor that she will appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home, Paltrow left the door open for Pepper to make a cameo or appear in flashbacks in future Marvel Cinematic Universe films. "I feel honored to be a part of something that people are so passionate about,” she said. “Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me.”
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.