'Iron Man 3's' Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle in 'Avengers 2'?

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If you've seen much footage for the upcoming "Iron Man 3," one image that appears quite often is  Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts wearing Tony Stark's ( Robert Downey Jr.) suit of armor, saving his life. Is that the end of the road for the character as a super hero though, or is there room for Pepper in "The Avengers 2"?

When asked about the possibility at an "Iron Man 3" press conference featuring all of the movie's stars, Paltrow was a fan of the idea. "People really love to see Pepper in the suit and kicking a**," Gwyneth says, "So I would come back ... In the comics she becomes Rescue, her own person." Rescue is the superhero alter ego of Pepper Potts, who wears a suit of armor, similar to Iron Man's.


Downey also points out that in the comics Pepper marries Happy Hogan ( Jon Favreau), which got many laughs from the assembled reporters, and an excited "Yeah!" from Paltrow.

There's another armored hero in the series who felt left out.  Don Cheadle, who plays Colonel James Rhodes/Iron Patriot, interjected, "I think you want to ask me if I want to be in 'The Avengers,'" which drew cheers from the crowd. Hearing the applause, Downey pipes up, "There it is, public opinion."

While it's likely, there is no guarantee Downey will appear in "The Avengers 2." When asked if he would be returning to the role of Iron Man, the actor said "the future is uncertain." "The Avengers 2" is currently scheduled to go into production in February 2014.

"Iron Man 3" will be in theaters May 3.
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