If Hayley Atwell’s comments are anything to go by, it seems once you’re out of the MCU you’re really out.
Having played agent Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and in a cameo in the 2015 film Ant-Man, you’d think she’d be up to speed with what’s happening to the family of Marvel superheroes. But it seems she’s not on first-name terms with the bad guy from Avengers: Infinity War.
“Who’s Thanos? I really don’t… I don’t mean to sound trite but I’ve no idea,” she told Digital Spy when we asked how Peggy would deal with this current big bad. “He’s the big guy? You’d have to ask Marvel. They create Peggy, I just inhabit it.”
The Agent Carter TV series was cancelled in May 2016 after two seasons but Atwell has since revealed that only TV network ABC was keen to see it go – not Marvel (who “didn’t want it to end”), not her and certainly not the fans.
“I think it was just a network economical thing,” she said, suggesting that her other ABC drama Conviction was more profitable.
Since then, Atwell has sounded like she might be willing to reprise the role and sign on for a third season of the period spy show. But the co-founder of SHIELD would only put her uniform back on if she was offered something new for her character.
“It was a really wonderful experience but I think revisiting anything, it would feel like it has to grow,” the Christopher Robin star told Digital Spy.
“This was an amazing job that was beautiful and wonderful and had a great sentiment to it but in order for me to in any way revisit it, it would have to feel like it was a conversation between myself and Marvel to feel like it stepped her up another gear and another world.”
Perhaps the Marvel comic Exiles holds the excitement she’s looking for. Written by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez, it explores alternative Marvel realities and has featured Peggy Carter wearing stars and stripes as a version of Captain America.
Christopher Robin is out now in the US and opens in cinemas in the UK on August 17, 2018. Book tickets here.
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