Gwyneth Paltrow is Retiring from the MCU (Until They Ask Her to Come “Back for a Day”)

Marvel fans are in for a rough summer as we prepare to say goodbye to some characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the last time. Now one actor has officially announced her exit.

While speaking with Variety, Gwyneth Paltrow has announced that she will be retiring from her role as Pepper Potts, the CEO of Stark Industries and fiancée of Tony Stark/Iron Man:

“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 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.”

However, she said she would return for a smaller role if Marvel (and a bundle of cash) asked:

“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.”

Paltrow has appeared in the MCU since the beginning starting off with Iron Man (2008). She appeared five times since in Iron Man 2 (2010), Marvel’s The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War (2018). She is most likely to appear in this year’s Avengers: Endgame and possibly in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

This could just be the beginning of a series of official retirements as contracts for all the heavy hitters like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth are set to expire with no signs of renewal. Other actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson have expressed interest in remaining with the MCU.


Are you sad to see Paltrow retire? Do you think we will see Potts don the alter ego Rescue in Endgame?