Gwyneth Paltrow Says Farewell to Pepper Potts
The time has finally come, my fellow true believers. Gwyneth Paltrow is stepping aside from the MCU after over a decade portraying Marvel’s most famous secretary, and will make her last appearance in Avengers: Endgame. What does this mean for the MCU, and will we eventually get a new Pepper Potts? I have no idea. So instead of speculating, why don’t we embrace and remember how spectacular Paltrow was in portraying the role, and what it did for the superhero movie genre.
A Closer Look
Seriously, back when the first Iron Man was released, having her attached to the film gave it real credibility. What a lot of folks don’t remember is that Iron Man was basically treated as an independent film. No one had any expectations for a film focused on Iron Man. Marvel had sold off the film rights to all their big hitters like Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, etc. This was a huge risk with an up-and-coming director in Jon Favreau, an actor no one wanted to hire in Robert Downey Jr., a movie studio making their first feature film in Marvel Studios, and Gwyneth Paltrow who took that risk with them. Superhero movies weren’t cool to be in, especially for Oscar-winning actors. Now superhero movies are filled with the most incredible actors who’ve achieved great heights in their careers.
My favorite moment with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts has to come from Iron Man 3, which to this day is my favorite film in the series, where she realizes she had been successful in accepting the Extremis procedure and continues to rescue Tony, while defeating Killian. Seriously, this moment and movie as a whole kind of represented their entire relationship to me. Paltrow presented Potts as a strong independent character who would go tit for tat with Tony’s quick-wit remarks and was just as crucial to him in life-threatening moments as in everyday moments. I believe that was important in bringing this character to life and avoiding the pitfalls that could have led this character to being another damsel in distress.
Here’s to you, Gwyneth Paltrow, for an amazing decade of service to an amazing character! Tell us what your favorite Pepper Potts moments were down in the comments below.
P.S. Gwyneth Paltrow did mention in the Variety article that she would be glad to come back for the occasional cameo. So tell us how you think they’ll use her character from now on. Is she the next Nick Fury? Who knows, but I can’t wait to see!