Avengers: Endgame is set to be the end of an era for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now, one actress has confirmed that the film will be her final big MCU role.
For the last ten years, Gwyneth Paltrow has appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universeas Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s secretary and eventual girlfriend. But in an recent interview with Variety, the actress said that, after Endgame, she will be retiring her incarnation of the character:
“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 [‘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.”
Although she is leaving her iconic role behind, she is not saying goodbye forever. Paltrow stated that, while she is not committing to any sequels, she would be open to returning as Potts in a flashback or cameo role:
“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.”
Endgame will mark the true “end” of this incarnation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has been rumored that Chris Evans is also making his final appearance as Captain America in the film, and rumors have been swirling over Robert Downey Jr’s future with Marvel. Whatever the case may be, we’ll have to wait until April to see the fates of our favourite MCU characters.
Avengers: Endgame hits theatres on April 26, 2019.