by Brett White
It’s safe to say that fan reaction to Marvel’s most recent—and most elaborate—”One-Shot” short film “Agent Carter” has been enthusiastic. The period piece action-thriller featured Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter going head-to-head with a squad of menacing henchmen as well as sexism, and has been eyed as a new Marvel television series, according to Deadline.
At the time the news broke, though, it was unclear if Hayley Atwell would be up for committing to a television series as her film career heats up. But in a new interview with Digital Spy, Atwell reveals that she’s just as ready to tackle TV as Agent Carter is ready to tackle goons.
“The one-shot was so successful, the fanbase were like, ’We want more of Peggy!,'” said Atwell. “I think Marvel probably take that very seriously, and it’s certainly something I would be a part of doing. I’d be interested to show different sides of Peggy.” She later added, “I love the Marvel lot, they’re really great people to work with, so it would be nice to go back and work with them again. I’d definitely do it.”
Atwell is well aware of both Peggy Carter and “Agent Carter’s” unique place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since it is the first MCU anything to put a woman front and center.
“Although she’s kick-ass, and she can be aggressive and she can be just as competent as the men, it’d be nice to show that she’s a feminist in a way,” said Atwell, possibly understating just how feminist the excellent “Agent Carter” short really is. “It’s not just about her being aggressive and as aggressive as the men in those action sequences, but being able to be a little bit more rounded as a person. I think she could be a great role model and a great member of the Marvel Universe.”
As we bring up a lot around these parts, only because it’s rightfully being brought up around a lot of parts, superhero movies from the Big Two publishers have yet to satisfy the hunger that fans feel for a female-driven comic book property. Atwell revealed that she’s very aware of the movement to get more women in onscreen canon.
“There were a couple of articles that the producer of the Marvel One-Shot sent me last month about that very question,” revealed Atwell. “Journalists were going, ’Where are these women?’ and, ’We want them, we actually want them,’ which is wonderful for me, because that hopefully means more time to play those parts.”
An “Agent Carter” series feels like a no-brainer to me, especially with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on the air. Spoiler alert for “Agent Carter,” but the short ends with Peggy getting recruited to run S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark. Peggy was there right at the start of the super spy organization, and now there’s a TV series about the same organization in modern day. How cool would it be to get a series of flashback adventures starring Atwell and, fingers crossed, Dominic Cooper and Neal McDonough as Papa Stark and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively.
And even if all these movie stars can’t commit to a full-blown, 22-episode season of network television, the series could benefit from having truncated, mini-series style seasons, like FX’s “American Horror Story.”
No matter what, we want more Agent Carter.
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