As you’ve probably heard, Gwyneth Paltrow’s contract with Marvel has officially ended with the release of the latest shell-headed adventure IRON MAN 3, and the much beloved actress isn’t sure if she’ll return to the role of Pepper Potts. Although, if Kevin Feige and the rest of the folks at the House of Ideas offered her enough moolah, how could she resist the fourquel?
“My deal is over as well […] When they signed us, they signed us for three. So that’s it for the moment, but you never know.
And even though that might seem a bit ominous, Paltrow had a more favorable reaction when asked about suiting up in her own set of armor alongside Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark…
“There was an amazing picture that was done for 2, where Pepper at the end was in a suit, but her helmet was off and all her hair was blowing. It looked awesome, but for whatever reason she didn’t get in a suit in 2. I think that’s great – now people really want to see her in the suit. Leave somewhere to go.”
I hate to adopt the same rhetoric as the more zealous factions of fandom, but I’ve always been a bit peeved by Marvel’s shameless marketing ploys.
“Not enough people are interested in Spider-Man? Let’s turn him into a confused clone!” or “No one’s interested in Captain America anymore? Let’s kill ’em!”
At a VERY superficial vantage point, venturing forth with an “Iron Woman” movie starring Pepper Potts would seem like another one of those shameless plugs (and I’m not saying that’s what Marvel’s doing, but just hypothetically). “We’ve gotta change things up, let’s throw Paltrow in there!”. If they did that, Marvel could produce the first A-list female superhero movie, and add that accolade to their long list of “industry shake ups”, and it would all seem to fit in line with their history of shock and awe campaigning… but how detrimental would that be to the characters canon? In this case, not very much.
I actually think Pepper Potts would make a welcome addition to the Marvel Cinematic heroes. She was a forceful CEO in Iron Man 2 (she got the better of Tony Stark in every encounter) and she’s already suited up in Iron Man 3… so let’s see her as the lead in the numero quatro. What say you?
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
SOURCE: EMPIRE (via CBM)