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