Former MCU Actor Gwyneth Paltrow Voiced Her Own Superhero Fatigue

    "You can only make so many good ones that feel truly original, and yet they're still always trying to reach as many people as possible."

    Gwyneth Paltrow gave her spicy take on new superhero movies in her Hot Ones interview.

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    Gwyneth played Pepper Potts in the MCU, starting with 2008's Iron Man. She ultimately retired the character with 2019's Avengers: Endgame, telling Variety, “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 friends with [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.”

    Iron Man in armor facing Gwyneth with hair styled in a ponytail, wearing a business suit, in a close moment

    When asked about American Fiction director Cord Jefferson's plea at the Oscars for studios to make "20 $10 million movies" instead of one "$200 million" movie, Gwyneth replied, "I absolutely understand where he's coming from."

    Gwyneth gesturing during an interview, with a lineup of hot sauce bottles on the table

    "It makes sense, right? You want to have the best chance of having a strong [return on investment]. People put a lot of money into these things, and they want them to be profitable."

    Close-up of Gwyneth Paltrow wearing a top with a dotted pattern

    "But I think, if I look at the industry as a whole, the sort of big push into superhero movies — I mean, you can only make so many good ones that feel truly original, and yet they're still always trying to reach as many people as possible, which sometimes hinders quality or specificity or real point of view."

    Pepper Potts examining a Iron Man's helmet amid debris with emergency personnel in background

    Speaking to her own career history in mid-budget movies, she continued, "I sometimes lament the fact [that] I look back at some of the movies I made in the '90s and think that just wouldn't get made now."

    Gwyneth Paltrow smiling at an event and wearing a short tuxedo dress and strappy heels

    "I do think that you do get more diversity of art when there's less at stake and people can sort of express their true voice and make a film the way they want to make it," she concluded. "And then I think those are generally the more resonant ones."

    Gwyneth Paltrow smiling at a premiere, wearing a short tasseled dress and strappy heels

    You can watch the full interview here.