Gwyneth Paltrow is set to reprise her role as Pepper Potts in the upcoming Avengers movies. The actress will be playing the role of Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) romantic interest for the sixth time, after skipping several installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Back in the chair
Filming for the yet to be titled Avengers 4 is currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia. Paltrow posted an off-screen snap on her Instagram which shows the 45-year-old getting ready for set. In the photo, the Academy Award winning actress is wearing collagen eye masks under her eyes and a makeup assistant is applying gel on her eyebrows. She captioned it, “Back in the chair #pepperpotts #mcu @marvel ous”
The character of Pepper Potts first appeared in 2008 Iron Man. She started off as Tony Stark’s secretary, eventually rising to occupy the position of CEO of Stark Industries. Potts and Stark also develop romantic feelings towards each other, and by the end of Iron Man 3 (2013), the couple are living together. Paltrow was absent from the next few Marvel movies. In Captain America: Civil War (2016), it was mentioned in passing that Potts and Stark were ‘taking a break’. However, she had a small cameo in 2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming, where Stark proposed to her.
Now Paltrow is back for the next two Avengers movies, the first of which, Infinity War, is slated for release on May 4, 2018. And Paltrow couldn’t be happier about deciding to return. She told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I went to Atlanta to do Avengers 4, so I’m in and out for that, and it’s weird to go back and forth. We’re growing fast, and balls are dropping all the time. But honestly, I was on set and thought, ‘You sit here for two hours sipping tea, Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle are making me laugh hysterically – why the hell did I give this up?'”
Back in December, Paltrow revealed somewhat of a spoiler for the yet-to-be-released movie. The Shakespeare in Love actress posted a photo on her Instagram, which has since been removed. It showed her relaxing on set in between takes, wearing a motion capture suit. This might mean that she will be suited up in post-production to fight alongside Iron Man!
Just before New Year’s Eve, Paltrow very thoughtfully reminded people not to drive irresponsibly after partying later in the evening. The Hollywood superstar took to Instagram to recommend the services of Lyft transportation company for those who’ve had one too many drinks. She wrote: “@Lyft Lux is driving us to ring in the new year tonight. Stay safe out there.”