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Robert Downey Jr. Gives Gwyneth Paltrow The Perfect Billion-Dollar Birthday Shout Out

September 27 was Gwyneth Paltrow’s 46th birthday!

As everyone celebrated, fans of Paltrow’s turn as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were thrilled to see her co-star and onscreen main squeeze Robert Downey Jr. wish her a happy day in the cutest way:

His post reads:

“Happy birthday to the one who deserves far more than 12% of the credit”

Downey’s quip about “12% of the credit” is a reference to an interaction the pair have in The Avengers.

Watch the cip here:

People not only understood…

…they also chimed in.

Marvel fans believe Tony and Peppers’ relationship is going to see some major trials in the upcoming Avengers 4. In an interview with Comicbook, Paltrow said she’s looking forward to it:

“Pepper and Tony have had a real long journey together. She obviously starts as his dutiful assistant, and then the relationship evolves, and now this decade later they’re married, and they have a child. Their relationship has evolved in all of the ways that great romances evolve.”

Co-director Anthony Russo said something similar in another interview:

“Downey is such a remarkable performer, and we really love him as a performer and what he’s done with the character…The stakes of his relationship with Pepper (Potts) are very high now.”

“Also, the fact that he’s had this mentor relationship with Peter Parker, it’s as if his personal life is becoming fuller and more important to him than it ever had before. And that’s an interesting counterpoint to his life as Iron Man, and also his life as Iron Man is a potential threat to that personal life as well.”

“What’s happening with Tony Stark in this film is that he’s beginning to feel the tension between those two things, and that’s a difficult conflict for him.”

If things are going to get hard for Tony and Pepper, fans were at least glad to see Downey Jr. and Paltrow’s friendship going strong!

These two are the original power couple of the MCU!

Paltrow’s fiance, Brad Falchuk, also wrote her a beautiful message to honor the occasion:

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When was this photo taken? 1940? ‘50? ‘70? Last summer? It’s this timeless beauty’s birthday today. She was born with endless gifts - big blue eyes, a brain and heart overflowing with curiosity, generosity and possibility and those heartbreakingly long legs that go on and on - but she never rests on any of them. Gwyneth, you are the hardest working person I know. From your first cup of coffee in the morning to your last cup of whiskey at night. From the gym to the office to homework at the kitchen table. You give us all of you, all the time. And always with a smile (well, almost always). Maybe that’s why, even though you are the best person ever, you keep getting better every year. Happy birthday, Love.

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Happy birthday, Gwyneth! Hope it was a great one!

H/T – Comicbook, Twitter

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--