Collider spoke with actress Gwyneth Paltrow for her upcoming movie Country Strong, where she revealed she won't be appearing in The Avengers. Here's what she told the site, when asked if she was sure about not returning as Pepper Potts in the upcoming Marvel movie:

"I think it's a for sure. I think they're starting shooting soon and they probably would have asked me by now."
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While we have known for some time that Robert Downey Jr. would reprise his Tony Stark role from Iron Man and Iron Man 2, it wasn't known if Gwyneth Paltrow would appear as Stark's assistant, Pepper Potts.

Of course, things could change before The Avengers starts shooting and we'll be sure to keep you posted with any further updates on The Avengers as soon as we have more information.