Saturday, April 20, 2024

Gwyneth Paltrow Says She’s Leaving Marvel Comics Movies Before Marvel Comics Movies Can Say They’re Leaving Her


Is it Goop or gulp?

In Ramin Setoodeh’s excellent cover story in Variety, former Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow announces she’s leaving the Marvel Comics movie universe. No more Pepper Potts after “Avengers: Endgame.”

But the truth is, Marvel is leaving Paltrow. After “Endgame,” there will be no use for her Pepper, ground or otherwise. Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark aka Iron Man, is already a pile of dust thanks to Thanos. Even if he’s revived in some way, RDJ– the reason Pepper exists– is gone, too.

Paltrow getting the jump on this news, or at least using it to her advantage, is why she’s been able to become such a smart businesswoman with Goop. But the real news of this article is that she’s basically retired from acting. She actually retired a long time ago, The Marvel movies were just extended cameos. Paltrow hasn’t actually been in a move since 2011’s “Contagion.” Her run of good movies came between 1998 and 2005. After that, you could see her interest deteriorated.

I always thought that after “Shakespeare in Love” won her an Oscar in 1999, Paltrow would go on to a string of Oscar nominated performances, and maybe some work on Broadway, a Tony Award. But this was not to be. The other actresses from her year, 1999, went on to big things. Cate Blanchett, who was nominated for “Elizabeth,” went on to two Oscars.  Another actress, named Meryl Streep, is said to have been very successful. So has Emily Watson. Fernanda Montenegro, star of “Central Station,” has never stopped working. She turned 89 last October.

But Paltrow became more interested in vaginal eggs and other expensive potions. According to the Variety article, she doesn’t even watch the new movies she’s sent and knows almost nothing of this year’s Oscar race. Extraordinary when you think about it. So much effort was put into her acting career as it launched.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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