The last time we saw Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was four years ago in 2013. The film was Iron Man 3 and happened to be the last one in her contract.
Despite several rumors in the past that she may show up in Avengers: Age of Ultron or Captain America: Civil War, she’s been completely absent from the films. Not counting Robert Downey Jr.’s few lines of dialogue as Tony Stark, regarding how he and Paltrow’s character Pepper are on a break.
There could be a variety of reasons for Paltrow’s absence in the franchise, and this could be attributed to her salary increase which Marvel may have decided it wasn’t worth renewing her contract over. But they may have found a way around that, given Sony Pictures’ working with Marvel for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
According to Lainey Gossip, the actress will be returning to reprise her role in the new Spidey flick, but in what capacity is not yet known:
“Speaking of spending, remember last year, and Gwyneth Paltrow’s will-she-or-won’t-she role in Captain America: Civil War? At the time, I was the one who said she wasn’t in it, which was undoubtedly for reasons due to story bloat, but also at least in part because her Marvel contract is up and they’d have to pay through the nose to get her back, even for a cameo. Well, Marvel isn’t the footing the bill for Homecoming, so guess who’s back? That’s right, Pepperony lives as Pepper Potts returns to the MCU, and don’t think Sony hasn’t noticed they’re the ones on the hook for Goop’s day rate.”
The report also suggests that Sony could be unhappy with Marvel’s financial decisions, regardless of how much they like their direction for the Spider-Man character.
The future is not clear for Sony and Marvel, or miss Pepper Potts, but hopefully wherever it leads will benefit the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the best.
Source: Lainey Gossip
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