Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter has been a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since her debut in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Though many expected to not see her character again after that, Hayley Atwell eventually reprised the role in three more movies and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before getting her own series on ABC.
However, Hayley Atwell’s Agent Carter series was canceled after just two seasons and her character then died off-screen in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, leading many fans to wonder if she’ll ever return to the MCU.
Recently, Hayley Atwell spoke with IGN to promote her role in Starz’s upcoming Howards End miniseries. It was during this interview that she was asked if she’d be open to playing Agent Carter once again. Here’s what she told the site:
“I’d love to see [Peggy] more in films. I’d love to see her in her own film. And if we can keep evolving it so that she does new things so that I can surprise myself and she can keep surprising me then I’d love to do it. And I feel very privileged to be part of something that people really love and that entertains them. But also, you’re going to these conventions and meeting people who’ve named their son Carter and people who have a tattoo of “I Know My Value,” the tagline. She’s a force of good and there are a lot of social media sites where girls and guys have come together and become good friends on an international scale because of their belief in some of the values that Peggy talks about. And that provides them with a different connection that a family situation or school situation that they don’t really feel they have a place in. That’s really cool to me. So I’m very happy to be a part of that world and keep that going.”
Hayley Atwell also commented on Agent Carter‘s short-lived run on ABC and why the network decided to pull the plug on the series when it had such a strong fanbase:
“You know Marvel and all the creatives behind the making of the show loved it. And we loved it. We all loved making it. It was a network political thing. They wanted to put me in something mainstream [Conviction] to get their ratings up rather than something that was more genre specific. There were a lot of economic decisions behind it and I wasn’t a part of the conversation. So we were all really surprised about that because we kind of got the sense that people were liking it. It had this cult following. So I know there’ve been online campaigns for it and the fact that we know that she lives until the age of 96 means that technically I could be employed for the rest of my life, you know.”
There’s plenty of ways to bring Agent Carter back, but the one that would make the most sense would be to include the character in 2019’s Captain Marvel, which was recently revealed to be set in the early ’90s. With Samuel L. Jackson already confirmed as part of the film’s cast, there’s a great chance that we could also see Hayley Atwell back as Peggy, a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!