Peggy Carter has been a part of Marvel for 40 years, but it was Hayley Atwell's portrayal of the character in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger that really brought Peggy into the limelight. Four years and several Marvel Cinematic Universe appearances later, Peggy was given the chance to shine in her own series, Agent Carter. The short-lived series, that shared a network with fellow Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was not picked up for a third season.
When news broke that Agent Carter had been cancelled , the fan revolt was swift and no time was wasted in petitioning Netflix to take on the series. The show's fate had been teetering on the brink for several months before it was officially axed by ABC, and despite fan effort (and several cliffhangers at the end of the second season) it seemed beyond saving.
Even though she's been cast in Conviction, another ABC series, Atwell wasn't then, and isn't now, ready to give up on bringing Agent Carter back. While at a panel during the TCA's Summer Press Tour, The Wrap details Atwell's drive to keep Peggy Carter alive and on screen in some capacity. Noting that Agent Carter's shelf life at ABC was always unclear, Atwell added:
“We felt by the end of the second season, that it was always one of those much-loved but little kind of places in the world of ABC. It was always very much up in the air... All I’m saying is that it’s still a much loved show for the people involved with the making of it, and we know that the fans, it has a special place in their hearts. That’s something I would be very happy to go back to if the opportunity came.”
Back at MegaCon in Orlando earlier this summer, Atwell also said she'd do "whatever it takes" to get a third season for the fan-favorite series. Even though she was cast in Conviction before the end of Agent Carter's second season, the show hadn't yet been picked up to series. There could have been the possibility that Atwell would have been on two series at once, and she believes the network would have found a way to make it work:
“It was unclear if Agent Carter would go ahead... I think they would have figured something out. In terms of making [Agent Carter] a special [network event] or waiting until we finish this season and then doing something else with another network."
Even though Peggy died in Captain America: Civil War, surely there is ample room for this character to still appear elsewhere in the MCU. As long as the actress herself is still game, who knows what Marvel could be hiding up its sleeve where Agent Carter is concerned. “I’d love it to be [on the table]," Atwell teases. "The great thing about Peggy is she lives a long life. I’m banking on being in my 50s and going, ‘Let’s see what Peggy’s up to.'”
We’ll keep you updated on Agent Carter as more information becomes available.
Source: The Wrap