Gwyneth Paltrow completely forgets she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming with Jon Favreau in a clip from his new Netflix TV series, The Chef Show. Paltrow has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the very beginning, debuting as Pepper Potts in 2008's Iron Man alongside Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Favreau as Happy Hogan. The three reteamed for both sequels, and Favreau and Paltrow have made additional appearances alongside Downey in other MCU movies. Paltrow appeared in three of the four Avengers movies (with the exception of Age of Ultron), as well as one scene at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming as Pepper Potts.
The movie is Tom Holland's first solo MCU outing as Peter Parker, after making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, and sees him operating as a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man as he dreams of joining the Avengers. After being recruited by Tony Stark in Civil War, Peter looks up to him as a mentor and spends much of the film trying to prove himself, though he mostly creates headaches for Happy. But once he's defeated the Vulture (Michael Keaton), Tony Stark is ready to invite Spider-Man to officially become an Avenger - only for Peter to turn it down. It's at the end of this scene that Paltrow appears briefly to usher Tony and Peter into the press conference to announce Spider-Man joining the Avengers. However, it seems Paltrow forgot entirely that she was in the movie.
In the first episode of Favreau's new culinary TV show for Netflix, The Chef Show, which he created alongside celebrity chef Roy Choi, the actor and Paltrow discuss their work in the MCU together. Favreau says he started filming The Chef Show when he was in Atlanta, Georgia for Spider-Man: Homecoming. When Favreau asks Paltrow if she remembers they were in Spider-Man together, she responds, "We weren't in Spider-Man." Choi chimes in to clarify they're talking about Spider-Man: Homecoming, but she goes on to insist she was in the Avengers movies. It's not until Favreau details the scene she filmed that Paltrow remembers, and asks "That was Spider-Man?" Watch the clip below.
Gwyneth Paltrow genuinely did not know she was in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" so this adorable interaction from "The Chef Show" is easily my favorite thing on the internet today pic.twitter.com/lc3VlSs1Hp— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 7, 2019
Next, Favreau is set to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home this summer, but it's unlikely Paltrow will return. Both MCU actors reprised their respective roles in this spring's Avengers: Endgame, in which their characters have to deal with the death of Tony Stark/Iron Man. Spider-Man's grief for Iron Man will be a theme of Far From Home, and Happy will be key to helping Peter move on, as evidenced by the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailers.
However, while it makes sense for Happy to be in Far From Home since he has a relationship with Peter from Homecoming, the same can't be said for Peter and Pepper. Paltrow's brief cameo in Homecoming was a fun moment for MCU fans, but it makes little sense for her to return in Far From Home, unless the two share a moment about their grief for Tony. Fans would no doubt love to see Peter interact with Morgan Stark, Tony and Pepper's daughter, but with Peter in Europe for most of the movie, that seems unlikely as well. For now, fans will have to relish in Favreau and Paltrow talking about their time on Spider-Man: Homecoming and hopefully get a kick out of seeing Paltrow completely forget filming her cameo for the movie.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019