When the Marvel Cinematic Universe began with “Iron Man,” Gwyneth Paltrow occupied the character of Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s love interest. However, in an interview with Variety, Paltrow has revealed that her run as the character is ending. After the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” she will be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Here’s what Paltrow told Variety in her interview:

“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.”

However, she said she’s open to the possibility of doing a cameo:

“Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?,’ I will always be there if they need me.”

In the interview, it’s unclear what the exact reason is as to why she’s exiting. However, it’s possible she’s pursuing other acting opportunities. That can be difficult to do when attached to a tentpole franchise. There’s also the possibility that she’s leaving simply because she’s been involved for a decade.

In hindsight, her exit may have fans wondering whether Robert Downey, Jr. will follow. He may have been the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But like Paltrow, he’s been involved since its inception and may decide to hang up the suit. Then again, because he’s so vital to the universe, he may stick around. Only “Avengers: Endgame” will be a big indicator of Iron Man’s fate.

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