Hayley Atwell Plays Coy About ‘Captain America 2′ Return

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What’s a Captain America story without some history and characters hailing from World War II? Not only do Captain America’s patriotic star-spangled uniform and superhero origins date back to the Second World War, but so do many of Cap’s modern day villains and occasional allies.

When Marvel Studios confirmed the title of The First Avenger’s sequel as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they also confirmed that the film would require flashback sequences to detail the return of Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes character. That’s one confirmed blast from the past, but Stan wasn’t the only Captain America actor signed to a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios.

Of the four extraordinary heroes featured in The Avengers, only Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark had his love interest (Pepper Potts) make an appearance as solo stories were put aside for the film to focus on the team. For Thor, Bruce Banner and Steve Rogers, their individual personal relationships will continue in their own films (for two of them, anyway). Thor had a quick scene to reference the whereabouts of Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster and at one point, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers had something similar for Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter, a moment that can now only be seen as part of the deleted scenes coming with The Avengers home video release this month.

The scene in question emphasized the challenges Steve Rogers faces dealing with being alone to familiarize himself with modern society. In his apartment, Rogers reads through dossiers on his friends from World War II where the audience learns Peggy Cartee (Atwell) is still alive. Joss Whedon had originally written a scene where Rogers meets up with present day Peggy, now 70 years older, but it wasn’t shot. At least, not yet.

During the premiere of her latest film The Sweeney, Atwell was asked directly by Bleeding Cool about reprising her role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, where she remained coy but hinted at the obvious:

“I can’t say yet because it hasn’t been officially released, and Marvel are very protective of their franchise.”

Hayley Atwell has a multi-picture deal with Marvel Studios and after Rogers promised her a date at the ending of Captain America: The First Avenger, there’s absolutely no way that storyline and that relationship won’t be resolved. Speculation and rumors from fans pointed towards the potential of Atwell returning to play Sharon Carter, her own character’s niece, but as we learned from casting reports there’s a shortlist of actresses (Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones and Imogen Poots) in the running to play the love interest for The Winter Soldier - likely for that very role.

So, that means Atwell can appear in one of two ways (or both): as an aged Peggy Carter in present day, used as a character to introduce Sharon Carter, and/or in flashback sequences to World War II. Would you like to see everyone (Atwell and the Howling Commandos) back from the first film?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and potentially several familiar faces from the past. It will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 and The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015.


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Source: Bleeding Cool

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  1. Loved Haley in CA. Look forward to seeing her again!

  2. Loved her in the first one but I hope he reprises it as a older carter. I wanna see Anna Kendrick as shanon.

    • Who the hell is “Shanon?”

      I like Anna Kendrick a lot, great actress, but not right for Sharon Carter.

  3. Yay for playing COY! While I know it’s an engine that drives so much online, less spoilers, or an area on websites that is spoiler-free would drive web participation for a LOT of people. It’s all about storytelling and I’m glad that Haley is keeping us in the dark!

  4. I would like to see that scene where Cap meets a 90 year old Peggy in the modern day. That sounds like such a beautiful scene and it’d be a crime to have it remain in the “What could have been” file. Put it in Cap 2.

  5. It would have been awesome to see Atwell play Sharon Carter and an aged Peggy Carter, but seeing as they already have a short-list of actresses lined up to play Sharon, I’m guessing we’ll only be seeing her play the latter role (an old Peggy).

    On a related note, I’m actually pretty interested in ‘The Sweeney’. Earlier this year ‘Top Gear’ did a hilarious bit involving the movie where they had to direct the car chase scene, so that’s where I first learned about this movie…

    • @ The Avenger,

      I saw that Top Gear episode too. It was very funny as they all are!

      However, I have my resevations about The Sweeney movie. I grew up watching the original TV series in the 70′s when I was young so this movie looks terrible to me.

      And it also has Plan B (a pop/rap star in the UK) ”acting” in it as one of the leads…oh dear…

      • I have to confess that I never saw the original series, and I’m not a fan of “Plan B” either (never seen him act, but his music sucks ;)), but with Ray Winstone and Hayley Atwell in it, I’m still hopeful.
        Guess we’ll see.

        • We’ll have to wait and see if they can capture the magic of John Thaw and Dennis Waterman.

          And wonder what’s next, ‘Z Cars’ maybe?


  6. I wouldn’t mind seeing an older Peggy. I honestly hope CA2 doesn’t spend too much time in the past.

  7. Yes please. Just have her play every female character in the film.

  8. I just want to see Haley Atwell in that red dress again! Yowza!

  9. “So, that means Atwell can appear in one of two ways (or both): as an aged Peggy Carter in present day, used as a character to introduce Sharon Carter, and/or in flashback sequences to World War II.”

    A 3rd option is time travel. Could be cool if done right, but could be really really bad if done wrong.

    I would prefer her play Sharon. Just dye her hair blond and go. :-)

  10. I realise it’s also in the comics, but does anyone else find it a little creepy that Cap’s new love intrest is the neice of his old one? Especially considering Peggy is still alive in the MCU.

    “I promise to love you always. Unless you get all wrinkly, than all bets are off. By the way, your niece is a hottie. Can I have her number?”

    • No. You’re not. I had the same problem with the Count of Monte Christo (the book — I’ve not seen any of the movies, so I don’t know if they do the same thing).

      • or rather, Cristo

  11. I am still holding out hope that Marvel comes to their senses and has Hayley Atwell return in the sequel as Peggy Carter’s niece Sharon.
    Sharon is from Virginia and Atwell has performed in with an American before. Peggy Carter is now deceased in the current Marvel Universe. Ed Brubaker has already told story of Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter attending Peggy’s funeral. He had a story before that in which Steve visited Peggy in a nursing home.

  12. Hated the short list for her Sharon, get her back to play Sharon and CGI to make her 70 years old.

  13. Out of all the female leads in all the marvel movies she was my favorite she to me had the best chemistry with the hero. Hope she comes backin flashbacks and maybe even a scene with her older thatd be great.

  14. I sincerely hope Hayley would reprise her role as Peggy, but as Sharon as well. Anna Kendrick should just be put aside to play JANET VAN DYNE instead!!! After all, the director for ANT-MAN used to be very close to her, right?

    • Anna for Wasp? That’s a great idea! She looks totally the part!

      • Idk, I kinda want Ashley Greene for Wasp.

  15. Flashbacks make the most sense, that would be awesome.

    But I guess seeing old Peggy would be very emotional on the other hand, and would also make for a great scene! We’ll see :)

    • Poots was great in Centurion with Michael Fassbender , Felicity Jones looks like a younger Attwell and Kendrick has the talent as well. Seems like the casting is good either way.

  16. I’d really like to know why they picked those two blokes to direct the movie.. It’s very strange considering other directers out there that would be a much better fit for the franchise..

  17. I’d love to see Hayley Atwell as an older Peggy and Sharon. They had such great chemistry on screen. I really hope they go back to her!!

  18. I would like to see Atwell place the new love interest Sharon. I think it would be an interesting twist – maybe steve sees her in the crowd, perhaps she has a boyfriend already. I love their connection.

  19. Haley Atwell is a good actor in captain america and if she return it will make captain america even more better. if she does not return the movie will not seam interesting. most people are looking to see Hayley Atwell in captain america the winter solider

    • yes , you’re right!!

  20. Haley in CA2, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. This thing better not be in any Captain America movie, or I will kill it myself.