Hayley Atwell Talks ‘Captain America 2′ and Potential ‘Agent Carter’ TV Series

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Peggy Carter Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell Talks Captain America 2 and Potential Agent Carter TV Series

Marvel Studio’s television “experiment,” Agents of SHIELD, has thus far proven a success in terms of ratings, but it’s too early to determine if the series will last beyond a single season (especially given the hardcore fans’ mixed reception to the first two episodes). However, even viewers who aren’t yet invested in following the continuing adventures of Agent Coulson and his “not exactly a team” of SHIELD agents (and one underground hacker) have good reason to keep an eye on how that situation unfolds.

The reason? Marvel is reported to have begun development on another TV series titled Agent Carter, a period espionage-thriller set during WWII and revolving around Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell in Marvel’s “Phase 1″ movie, Captain America: The First Avenger). Peggy and/or Atwell fans at least have the character/actress’ reprisal in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier to look forward to, even if the proposed show never sees the light of day.

It was a while back when Atwell’s Captain America costar, Stanley Tucci, let the proverbial cat out of the bag, with regard to the news that Peggy will appear via a sequence that flashes back to Cap’s experiences in WWII in The Winter Soldier; though, set photos have since revealed that won’t be her only appearance in the sequel. In addition, the actress has informed Digital Spy that the WWII scenes in Winter Soldier won’t be composed of recycle footage either, having told the site in an interview that “I went over earlier this year to Pittsburgh to film, so all the ['Winter Soldier' footage] is new footage.”

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When asked about the potential Agent Carter TV series, Atwell replied:

“I read about that too. The ['Agent Carter'] one-shot was so successful, the fanbase were like, ‘We want more of Peggy!’. 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.”

Judging by Atwell’s comments, Agent Carter must still in the very early stages of development, seeing how the actress has either not yet been approached by Marvel yet about her possibly headlining the show – which she implies is the case – or, rather, she’s just not yet allowed to acknowledge that she has been talking to the studio about such a project (another possibly, given Marvel’s habit of keeping secrets under lock and key ahead of time).

Either way, Atwell told Digital Spy that she’s game for additional development of the Peggy Carter character, when she said:

“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. 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.”

That point raised by Atwell is part of a ongoing larger conversation about female characters in geek culture; in this particular situation, how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is populated by strong (as in, both physically/mentally) women, but some aren’t so three-dimensional characters as their male counterparts. After all, if Tony Stark can have a razor-sharp wit, yet also suffer from post-trauma anxiety – or if Thor can fearlessly smash enemies with his hammer one moment, awkwardly stammer in front of his girlfriend the next – then it should be okay for Peggy to get her own moments of true weakness. (And no, recklessly firing a gun at Steve Rogers (when he’s behind his shield, that is) because she’s jealous doesn’t count).

Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers Hayley Atwell Talks Captain America 2 and Potential Agent Carter TV Series

Mind you, there are well-developed female characters in the MCU – Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Pepper Potts, Jane Foster – but so far they’ve tended to play second-fiddle to the male superheroes and/or are too often relegated to being foremost a romantic interest (and, occasionally, a damsel in need of saving). Of course, there can often be a good reason and purpose for those kind of characters but, as Atwell said during her interview, some more variety in the MCU female roles would be welcomed (by more than just her and her fellow actresses, as well):

“Where are the women? Where are the women who are leading and not just the hot sex symbol in the tight outfits, or the aggressive ones with their sexy action sequences? Where are the ones that are battling with their own identity like Iron Man is? Or trying to make a difference in the forefront? There were a couple of articles that the producer of the Marvel one-shot sent me last month about that very question. 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.”

Marvel executives aren’t oblivious to the demand (read: market) for female leads/superheroes either, which is why the studio is reported to be making plans to release a female superhero film sometime in the foreseeable future. There are other factors at work that will determine whether or not the Agent Carter TV show becomes a reality (with Atwell reprising in the title role), but with the tide moving in the show’s favor and the hope that Agents of SHIELD will continue to improve and grow in popularity, there’s a reasonable chance that we’ll get to see Peggy kick some HYDRA butt on the small screen… eventually.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in theaters on April 4th, 2014.

We’ll let you know more about Agent Carter when we do.

Source: Digital Spy

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  1. Yes please!!! The agent carter short is the absolute best one shot we have gotten. Atwell is a very talented and beautiful actress. I would definitely watch a show based on her and the early days of shield.

  2. I did like the ‘Agent Carter’ one shot. Nice pace and characters.

    The only gripe – in ‘Iron Man 2′ it was suggested at the end of the film by Coulson that they had decided to come up with the S.H.I.E.L.D. acronym then, to make it easier to say, but Stark senior in this short mentions it as though it’s an existing project.

    • If I am not mistaken, you are referring to the first Iron Man film and the fact that, up until the end, Coulson refers to his organization as the full “Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcenent and Logistics Division”. The whole point of that was to pull a sly one on fans that were not paying close enough attention to pick up what he was saying, in effect creating an “ahhhh” moment when he finally says S.H.I.E.L.D. Yes, Pepper mentions it being a mouthful to which Coulson replies, “We’re working on it,” but he’s clearly speaking facetiously. Or are you suggesting that an Intelligence agency decided to name their organization that rediculous collection of words and never realized up until that point that it was an acronym for the word “SHIELD” the whole time…?

      • “someone really wanted our initials to spell shield”

      • Please people, stop spelling the word ridiculous with an “e”.

        It’s an exponentially-increasing urban faux pas that’s driving me nuts.

  3. I would love an Agent Carter show. I love Hayley Atwell, and she seems to have a good perspective and good enthusiasm.

    And it seems like it would have a better chance to be compelling and worthwhile than what I have seen of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so far suggests.

    So basically, it would be great to have a female star who is perhaps a good role model, and at the same time I think that Carter could be the basis of an actually good television show.

  4. I’d watch the series, but on if she’s in it.

    • *only

  5. The Agent Carter One-shot was ay better than Item 47. Yet, I don’t think a TV series could work. Instead they could mix Agents of Shield with some Agent Carter chapters made specifically to connect present stories with something important about the past.

    I also consider a mistake to have let Stark’s father use the name of Shield in the shot when the name was used until IM2.

  6. “the fanbase were like, ‘We want more of Peggy!’”
    What fanbase? Some people want to see porn of her – thats what they like. Noone really cares about Carter show. Marvel, stop wasting money and get some entertaining stuff on screen. Jeez, so many heroes/villains/characters in comics and they pick the most forgetable of the movie universe and want to make more of it *facepalm*

    • Ill be the first to admit that I googled her name in hopes of finding a lil nude shot, but I ended up reading an article about her background and about some of the other roles shes been cast in. I forget which magazine she got published in but the point is, I fell in love! I’m sure that over time viewers will learn more about her and appreciate her as a professional who is very, very skilled in what she does!

    • Exactly. What show are the gonna pitch next? ‘Rocket Racoon’ the TV Series? Seriously. Get a grip Marvel.

  7. Erratum: way better.

  8. I’ll take Agent Carter using Hayley ANY day over pretty much any female super hero. She rocks and knows how to act, plus she’s smokin’ hot to boot..

  9. An Agent Carter TV series… Oh Please! Now this is just getting TOO silly.

  10. If you watched the One-Shot, you’d definitely say yes. I know I’d totally watched this show. Then again, I think it would be best if she’s incorporated as a part of Agents of SHIELD instead, you know, in a flashback of the founding of SHIELD itself.

  11. An Agent Carter series = Season 1 of Wonder Woman = Corny as hell.

  12. aside for the One Shot i thought she was great in Cap aswell, she caught my eye in a tv show awhile back with Ian McKellen can’t remember the name

  13. It’s too bad Marvel doesn’t own the rights to the Fantastic Four, if they did maybe they could do a show about Willy Lumpkin….

  14. Yes please!!! The agent carter short is the absolute best one shot we have gotten. Atwell is a very talented and beautiful actress. I would definitely watch a show based on her and the early days of shield.

  15. I’m hoping Agent Carter shows up in “The Winter Soldier”… And her first line to Cap should be…

    “You’re Late”…

  16. So would it essentially be Agents of SHIELD in the late 1940s? Seeing how that would probably predate most of the crazy stuff (other than Hydra) I can’t see it working too well.

    If the mid-season finale of Agents of SHIELD doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, it might be nice to have four or five episodes with a ‘higher budget’ movie cast like Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper in a proto-SHIELD agency kicking ass and taking names alongside the Howling Commandos and setting up a myth arc for the remainder of the series based around Hydra’s ties to the modern Agents of SHIELD. Plus, it’d be a nice setup for the second Captain America film.

  17. I wouldn’t mind if they take the opposite approach to the current S.H.I.E.L.D. show (ala Buffy–>Angel) and make it more serious.

  18. Guise comments about Marvel taking the “most forgettabnle” character as a source for a TV series. *facepalm* Maybe THAT is the point..? Consider: Such characters, basically, are without baggage and can be served without (usually unrealistic) fanbase expectation – established characters need to follow their origin story, villains, etc. to be accepted as a ‘real’ version of a comicbook favourite. “Agent Carter” (apart from the Captain America connection) is free to create anew. The 1940s setting is fertile ground (see “The Shadow”) and could easily accomodate off-world threats or time travel – i.e.: something from the future threatening the past.

  19. Have the writers of the Bourne series build a movie around Black Widow. Who is she? Who does she love? Who does she fear?


  20. This lying caucasian POS will be killed if it thinks it’s playing around in America.

  21. Never going to happen. I’ll kill this fat pig brit eurasian liar dead myself when I catch it in America.