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Gwyneth Paltrow is definitely one of a kind. She gets a lot of attention for her wellness company Goop and the unusual products it offers, such as a candle that supposedly smells like an orgasm. But Paltrow isn’t just a successful if eyebrow-raising business owner.

She’s also an accomplished actress, and her work spans two wildly different worlds that seem as though they would never have otherwise met.

However, it turns out that there’s one other person that links these two projects, and he’s someone you’ve probably never heard of.

Gwyneth Paltrow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow | Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

Paltrow has been a part of the MCU since the very beginning. She played the role of Pepper Potts, assistant to Tony Stark in Iron Man. She returned in Iron Man 2, and this time she had moved up the corporate ladder to become CEO, and she started a relationship with Tony.

Iron Man 3 gave Pepper the chance to become a superhero in her own right, using Killian’s own technology to defeat him. 

Paltrow has also made appearances in The Avengers, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. In fact, Paltrow has been in so many MCU movies that she can’t actually remember them all. Screen Rant reports that she admits that she hasn’t watched all the movies, and she has trouble keeping them straight.

She excuses her forgetfulness by saying that as a 47-year-old mom she’s not exactly the target audience for the franchise. 

Fortunately for Paltrow, she has other projects in her past that she seems to feel more connected to. 

She also appeared on ‘Glee’


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According to Grazia, around the same time that Paltrow started her role as Pepper, she also became a recurring guest star on the hit television show Glee. She played Holly Holliday, a sexy substitute teacher.

Paltrow took the part in order to promote her singing and dancing talents for an upcoming movie in which she played a country music star, Country Strong. However, she seemed to truly enjoy the experience. 

Playing the part of Holly earned Paltrow an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. If that weren’t enough, she even met her current husband (Brad Falchuk, Glee co-creator) on the show. 

Although the comic book movie franchise and Glee are very different shows, Paltrow brought them together. Her work in both projects connects the MCU and Glee in a tangential way, and you’d be excused for thinking she’s the only tie between the two. 

But you’d be wrong. 

Another connection between the two worlds

According to IMDb, Michael Crow is a costume designer who has perfected their characters’ looks for a number of Hollywood stars. He’s worked on many movies and television shows, such as Blades of Glory, Sleeper Cell, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Another big television show he worked on was Glee — and that’s not all. His many movie credits include a number of MCU films, including The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War. His wide body of work means that he represents another link between the MCU and Glee

Since Crow worked on the same television show and a number of the same movies that Paltrow has been a part of, there’s a good chance the two have met more than once. Paltrow may even recognize him, although, considering the fact that she has trouble remembering her co-stars, it seems unlikely that she’d recall him either. 

But for the many fans of both Glee and the MCU, Crow is one small link between superheroes and songs, and that makes him pretty special.