💥 Robert Downey Jr.'s Genius Move: Why He Insisted Gwyneth Paltrow Had to Join Forces in 'The Avengers'! 💥

Back in 2012, when "The Avengers" was in the making, the filmmakers had a tough task at hand. They needed to tie all the heroes together within a reasonable runtime, which meant that many supporting characters from the lead-in films didn't make the cut.

However, one character who did have a significant role in the film was Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. And it was all thanks to Robert Downey Jr., who portrays the iconic Iron Man. In an interview during a press junket before the film's premiere, writer-director Joss Whedon revealed his initial plan to exclude most of the supporting characters from "The Avengers. " According to Whedon, separating the heroes from their support systems was necessary to create the isolation needed for a team. However, it was Robert Downey Jr. who fought to bring Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts into the mix. "It was really Robert's thing," Whedon stated. 

She has played a crucial role in Tony's evolution as a character, ultimately leading to his self-sacrificial move in "Avengers: Endgame." From being a selfish billionaire/playboy/philanthropist to a husband and father ready to make the ultimate sacrifice, Tony Stark wouldn't have been able to grow over the first decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe without Pepper's influence. While some other heroes got to bring their supporting characters along for the ride, like Thor bringing Erik Selvig and Loki or Captain America leaving his supporting cast behind in the past century, Pepper was the one who stood by Tony's side throughout his journey.  It's remarkable to see how the relationship between Tony Stark and Pepper Potts has developed over the years. As Joss Whedon mentioned, Robert Downey Jr. didn't want to be the "crazy alone guy"; he wanted to be the "crazy in-a-relationship guy." And that journey played out perfectly, culminating in Tony Stark's emotional death scene in "Endgame."