Gwyneth Paltrow May Have Spoiled An ‘Avengers 4’ Development

SPOILER ALERT: This article may contain SPOILERS for ‘Avengers 4’, due out next year.  Proceed with caution!

After Pepper Potts’ awkward absence in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, fans were glad to see Gwyneth Paltrow back by Tony Stark’s side at the end of ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.  And she was back again at the beginning of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, rocking a form-fitting jogging suit… and what appears to be an engagement ring!  She and Tony shared a conversation in which he revealed that he had a dream in which they had a child.  He then asked if Pepper was pregnant to which she replied no and warned him that if they had a child, his Iron Man-ing days would have to be left behind for good.  Their discussion is cut short with the arrival of Doctor Stephen Strange, as the movie’s action kicks off, with Tony suiting up in armor once more.

However, for fans that picked up the official ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ magazine, they might have caught a slip in an interview with Paltrow:

“Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together.  She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they’re married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve.”

‘Infinity War’ and ‘Avengers 4’ shot back-to-back and with Paltrow only playing a rather small role, she might have shot her scenes for both movies at one time.  Perhaps she simply got the events mixed up or didn’t realize how certain events would be split between the two films.

We do know that Emma Fuhrman has been cast as a teenage Cassie Lang, the daughter of Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), who appeared as a young child in ‘Ant-Man’, portrayed by Abby Ryder Fortson.  Will several years have passed between the ending of ‘Infinity War and whatever they end up calling the followup?  Could Pepper and Tony have had a child in the intervening years?  Could this be the last straw that forces Tony to hang up the armor for good?  (And allows Robert Downey Jr. to finally step away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe?)

We have a pretty long wait to find out.  ‘Avengers 4’ opens May 5, 2019.


Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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