Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has a Valentine's Day message for all those shippers out there. To celebrate the romantic holiday, he shared a post with three images of him smooching his fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe cast members: Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts).
"Happy Valentine’s Day to all the shippers out there!" he wrote, capping the message off with a heart and a winking emoji.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the shippers out there! ❤️😉 pic.twitter.com/VAVwRLDumo— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) February 14, 2018
Shippers are, of course, fans of romantic pairings within fictional works, though these relationship often aren't canon. Seeing as the MCU has become a sprawling franchise with upwards of 80 recurring characters, the universe has attracted its fair share of shippers, particularly for the character who started it all: Iron Man.
Of the characters above, Tony Stark has only been romantically linked to Pepper Potts on film; the ending of Spider-Man: Homecoming implied that he planned to propose to her, with photos from the Avengers 4 set appearing to back that up.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, 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 and Anthony Mackie. The film opens May 4.