Hayley Atwell Visits Marvel - Is Peggy Carter Returning to the MCU?

Agent Carter

Hayley Atwell paid a visit to Marvel Studios Monday, creating speculation that her days as Agent Peggy Carter might not be over with yet. Atwell's Agent Carter, of course, is one of the longest-serving members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, dating back to her appearance opposite Chris Evans' Steve Rogers/Captain America in the 2011 hit Captain America: The First Avenger. Since then she's appeared in bit parts in three additional MCU movies, and a Marvel One Shot short film, as well as a guest spot on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her solo series Agent Carter, which unceremoniously came to an end after two seasons.

Sadly for fans, age caught up with Agent Carter in Captain America: Civil War; but since Marvel is spreading its timelines all over the place and the studio has a penchant for doing flashback scenes, there appears to be room for more of Atwell's character - possibly in a pair of upcoming MCU adventures.

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Thanks to a pair of tweets from Marvel Studios' Co-President Louis D'Espinosa Monday, fans have their best evidence yet that Atwell may be coming back to the MCU. In the first tweet, D'Esposito is pictured with Atwell in what looks to be his office, saying, "Look who came by for a visit today"; in the second, the two are pictured together again (this time in front of wall mural of the Howling Commandos), where he says, "Standing in front of one of my favorite murals with one of my favorite people, Hayley Atwell."

Look who came by to visit today.

— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) July 31, 2017

Standing in front of one of my favorite murals with one of my favorite people, Hayley Atwell

— Louis D'Esposito (@louisde2) August 1, 2017

While it's possible Atwell merely dropped into Marvel to see her pal D'Esposito for old time's sake, it seems more than likely that the venerable actress was at Marvel Studios for business purposes. After all, since the studio recently revealed that Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s, it's easy to believe that somehow Agent Carter could play a part in the film opposite Brie Larson, since her character was very much alive during that time period.

Furthermore, since she already played Agent Carter in a flashback scene in Ant-Man, it's conceivable Marvel could bring her back for Ant-Man and the Wasp (which just went into production Tuesday). After all, the film is bound to go back in time to explore how Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) disappeared into the Quantum Realm, which again presents Marvel another opportunity to showcase Atwell's magnetic screen presence as Agent Carter.

If Atwell's appearance was out of sheer coincidence and has nothing to do with Captain Marvel or Ant-Man and the Wasp, hopefully D'Esposito's photos with the actress will serve as a bright reminder that somehow he needs to get her back into the MCU mix. Since the role of Agent Carter put Atwell on the map, clearly the character means a lot to the actress; so much so she recently expressed that she's totally game to do an Agent Carter solo movie.

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Source: Louis D'Espinosa

Key Release Dates
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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