Since Captain Marvel will be set in the ’90s, it represents an excellent opportunity for Marvel Studios to bring back fan-favorite character Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Peggy was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger, helping the Strategic Scientific Reserve and Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) with the super soldier experiment that turned Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) into Captain America. She quickly became a fan-favorite character and starred in her own Marvel One-Shot titled Agent Carter, in which Peggy faces sexism from her SSR boss and completes an entire mission on her own.
The Peggy Carter-starring One-Shot was popular enough that Marvel TV adapted the premise into Marvel’s Agent Carter, a TV series that ran for two seasons on ABC before being canceled in 2016. Unfortunately, Agent Carter was canceled before answering a number of questions posed by both the show and the larger MCU – the most obvious of which being who exactly Peggy married. The season 2 finale of Agent Carter also ended on a big cliffhanger with Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) being shot and left for dead. Fans of Agent Carter have hoped that the show will be revived somewhere other than ABC (though Netflix has stated unequivocally that they won’t pick up the series), or for the cast to be reunited for a one-off concluding movie/extended episode.
Beyond Agent Carter, Atwell has reprised her MCU role as Peggy Carter a handful of times, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man. Though Peggy Carter didn’t appear in Captain America: Civil War, she did pass away and Steve was shown attending her funeral – where he learned Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) was Peggy’s niece. Peggy Carter is an important historical figure in the MCU, not because of her involvement in creating Captain America, but because she and Howard Stark founded the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, or S.H.I.E.L.D.
As such, she’s been involved in all the strange goings on of the MCU’s world even before Tony Stark revealed himself to be Iron Man or The Avengers joined forces for the first time. Although Peggy is now dead in the current MCU timeline, her importance to the history of S.H.I.E.L.D. means Marvel Studios could bring the character back for flashbacks within the universe – or for an entire movie set before the modern MCU timeline. With the annoucement at Comic-Con International in San Diego that Captain Marvel will take place in the ’90s, the Phase 3 movie is a perfect opportunity to bring Peggy Carter back for another appearance.
What We Know About Captain Marvel
As one of the later Phase 3 entries in the MCU, we know little about the actual plot of Captain Marvel. The film tapped co-screenwriters Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve in 2015, and Marvel Studios announced Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel at Comic-Con last summer. Since then, Marvel hired co-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck to helm the film. At this year’s Comic-Con, Marvel unveiled new concept art of Larson as Carol Danvers, offering fans their first real idea of how the Captain Marvel suit will look in her standalone entry.
However, the more interesting tidbits to come out of Marvel’s SDCC presentation in terms of Captain Marvel were that the film will be set in the ’90s and will feature Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) before he lost his eye – and, presumably, before he became the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rumors about Fury’s involvement in Captain Marvel first surfaced earlier in July, with it reported that Jackson will co-star in the movie. However, while Jackson is confirmed to be in Captain Marvel, it’s unclear exactly how large a role he will have in the film. It was also confirmed during Comic-Con that Captain Marvel will deal with the Kree-Skrull War. Although it was waged between two intergalactic species, the Kree have ties to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
So, with one prominent member in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s history appearing in Captain Marvel, and the film set to deal with a species of aliens already tied to S.H.I.E.L.D., it seems like the perfect opportunity to bring back another fan-favorite character to appear in the ’90s-set Marvel movie.
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