by Brett White
In an interview with The Age, actress Hayley Atwell discussed her role as Peggy Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” as well as her return in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Well, she discussed it as much as she could without getting on Marvel’s bad side.
“They’re so tight, the Marvel family, and private. I can say that I am involved in some way in the second one. Just know that it’s not me being cryptic, it’s Marvel. They can just as easily kill me off if I threaten to tell the story before it’s time. They’re keeping it all under wraps.”
Atwell went on to say that fans will get to see just what Carter is made of in the footage debuting at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (they do have a hall reserved, after all).
“There’s been an online campaign for Peggy to be featured. People really liked her. So Marvel have made sure that as part of ComicCon there will be a little kind of snapshot as to what Peggy’s actually really capable of, which was finished here and which was great fun. Hopefully, it will lead to other things.”
This news comes as a surprise considering Atwell’s role in the film wasn’t confirmed until pretty late in the game. On top of that, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” just started shooting; could they have handled Atwell’s scenes first?
As to what exactly those scenes are remains a mystery. They’re most likely flashback scenes, as Carter was one of Captain America’s World War II allies. But as revealed in a deleted scene from “Marvel’s the Avengers,” Peggy Carter is still alive in present day. Will Cap pay her a visit in the sequel, and will Atwell cake on the old age makeup?
There is a slight possibility that Carter will appear as a young woman in the modern day, though. Atwell hopes that the character eventually leaves the ’40s, and her uptight ’tude, behind.
“I’d revisit Peggy again. She’s pretty uptight. I’d like to, if I get a spin-off, definitely add a bit of humour in there. She’s very British. Very uptight. Let’s hope if she gets a spin-off it’s modern day, so she can relax a little bit, let go of the uniform.”
I think Carter jumping forward in time is a long shot, though. And really, I think what made Carter stand-out in “Captain America: The First Avenger” was how the character brushed up against the time period. Carter was tough, take charge and knew her way around a weapon (much like a lot of World War II’s unsung female operatives). If a Peggy Carter solo project is in the works, I think it’d be best for it to shed light on how important women were to the war effort and show how capable they were (and are) in combat situations.
We have a few months to wait until the footage debuts. Start your speculation!
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