Hayley Atwell is totally satisfied with Peggy Carter's ending in Avengers: Endgame. After dying of natural causes as seen in Captain America: Civil War, it had been a while since fans saw the feisty officer and S.H.I.E.L.D. founder on the screen. But Joe and Anthony Russo made sure that their latest MCU flick would give the fan-favorite character the finale she and lover, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) truly deserve.
After resolving the Thanos-debacle thanks to the Time Heist, Steve travels back to six different places in time to return all Infinity Stones to their original locations. After which, he apparently goes back to the '40s to reunite with Peggy and live a full life with her. He only returns to the present time to hand off the shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) - effectively making him the next Captain America. Endgame's parting shot is the star-crossed lovers slow dancing to Harry James and Helen Forrest's "It's Been A Long Long Time," making good of the promise they made to each other all the way back in Captain America: The First Avenger.
The sequence is the perfect way to end Endgame. Many Steve and Peggy fans were nothing but thrilled with it, and they're not alone. Even Atwell was happy with how it all panned out for the couple, telling THR that it was "a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. "
"I thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time. I thought it was quite beautiful and very tasteful of Marvel to finish this 10-year story in a very simple storyline about two human beings — and one of them doesn’t even have any superpowers. So, I thought the tone of it, to end there, after some extraordinary things of trauma, action, effects and powers… to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful."
While Peggy's no longer around in the present day and Endgame sent her off poignantly in Steve's arms, that doesn't mean that Atwell will no longer be involved in the MCU. In fact, it was recently reported that she's set to reprise her role in the upcoming final season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. It's unclear how this will pan out but considering that she's a founding member of the organization, it's not difficult to imagine incorporating her into the last stretch of the pioneering Marvel TV project. As of this time this has yet to be confirmed, but in case Atwell on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't pan out, fans can still get their dose of her as Carter in the Disney+ animated series, What If...? The actress will lend her voice to the show as it tackles the alternate scenario of Peggy getting the super soldier serum to become Captain America rather than Steve.
Perhaps some fans saw Steve and Peggy's ending coming a mile away, but it's still a great ending considering that it's the best way to send off one of the best romantic pairings in the MCU. That said, the manner with which it was executed has left a string of questions regarding how the concept of time travel works in Avengers: Endgame and it's curious if those queries will ever be answered. Assuming that Marvel Studios decide to revisit this particular string of events to clear things up, it's safe to say that no one will be opposed to the idea of seeing more of the couple in the franchise.
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