Tom Holland Just Wants Gwyneth Paltrow to Remember His Name

Tom Holland and Gwyneth Paltrow have appeared in two Marvel Cinematic Universe movies together, but apparently that wasn’t enough to help Pepper remember Peter. 

Much has been made of the fact that Paltrow said she totally forgot she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Such amnesia or confusion is common among Marvel actors, who often aren’t sure exactly what they’re shooting or why, given Marvel’s ultra-secretive procedures. It’s happened not only to Paltrow but to Holland too. 

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And although Brie Larson appeared in Captain Marvel first, her initial venture on an MCU set was in Avengers: Endgame, where she admitted she didn’t quite know what she was doing. We’ll try to cut through the confusion for everyone.

Paltrow forgot Holland

According to Bustle, Paltrow was appearing with Jon Favreau on Netflix’s The Chef Show. Paltrow had been directed by Favreau in the first two Iron Man movies, and Favreau had experience as a chef, having made a lovely little sleeper movie called Chef

Favreau brings up Spider-Man: Homecoming; and Paltrow is confused at first, incredulously asking “Spider-Man? We weren’t in Spider-Man … I was in Avengers!” Favreau counters that the two of them were in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and reminds her of the scene at the press conference. Paltrow seemed to recall the scene but didn’t remember what movie it was for. 

“That was Spider-Man? Oh my God!” she exclaimed, endearing herself to the internet.

Holland was amused at Paltrow’s memory lapse, saying, “I’ve only worked with Gwyneth one time on Spider-Man: Homecoming, but she doesn’t remember,” he said. “Still breaks my heart.”

Then it turned out Holland wasn’t remembering correctly either. 

“Actually, no, that’s not true. One time when we were shooting Avengers: Infinity War, I think it was… no, it was Endgame. She was in her blue suit and I was in my Spider-Man suit, and she came up and she asked me for a photo, with me and Robert [Downey Jr.],” he recalled.”

At least Holland remembered Paltrow’s name. When Paltrow posted a birthday tribute to Robert Downey Jr. on Instagram, she wrote, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear heart. Love me and that other guy in the photo,” the other guy being Holland. 

At least she loves him. 

Holland has his own history with confusion

Holland shouldn’t throw stones, considering he has quite the track record with Marvel and with fans about repeatedly spoiling the movies. Marvel made a point to send Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) with Holland on the press junkets because he’s good at keeping Holland quiet

None of this is entirely Holland’s fault, or Paltrow’s, as Marvel sometimes keeps even the actors in the dark so they can’t spoil scenes even by accident. Bustle quoted Holland telling  ACE Comic-con, “I remember for Avengers, the Russo Brothers are like ‘So you’re just standing here, and you’re fighting this guy and just do whatever’ and I’m like, ‘Okay, who am I fighting?’ “And they were like ‘Well, we can’t tell you because it’s a secret.'”

Now Holland knows why some actors prefer having something to react to rather than being surrounded by green screens all the time. 

Brie Larson didn’t know who she was

Until recently, Larson was known for smaller films like Room, which got her an Oscar. But after she got that Oscar, she started appearing in big-budget effects films like Kong: Skull Island, with her MCU co-star Samuel L. Jackson. She knew the green screen game. 

But when she came to Marvel, her first job was to shoot scenes for Endgame, even though that takes place after Captain Marvel. At the time of shooting, however, the script for Captain Marvel wasn’t even finished, so Larson didn’t quite know which way was up. 

She told Ellen DeGeneres, “I was very stressed about it! They were asking ‘So what are your powers?’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’m not sure where I end up with my origin story, sorry!'”

So Holland and Paltrow can take heart. They’re hardly alone.