Hayley Atwell really wants an Agent Carter movie
Though Marvel movies are guaranteed box office smashes, their TV department isn’t always as lucky. Even though shows like DAREDEVIL and JESSICA JONES are critical darlings and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. is in its fourth season, the show AGENT CARTER never really found the success the others did. The show starring Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter from the CAPTAIN AMERICA series got great critical reception and had a following of fans, but iffy ratings led to the shows cancellation after 18 episodes. On top of that, we saw Carter’s funeral during the course of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, signifying, perhaps, the last time we will see Agent Carter in the Marvel universe.
That being said, not even death can stop Atwell from wanting to step into the badass heroine’s shoes again. During an interview with CBR, Atwell talked about how the death of Carter impacted her:
“Aw! Well, I don’t feel like I’ve said goodbye to her. She does still seem to live on a lot for the fans. And Marvel is still such a big part of my career, especially my professional family, that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point, seeing her in other avenues. I love her, and I hope that she has a life elsewhere at another time.”
Atwell mentioned that during talks about the show the notion of a special was floated around (not unlike the recent SHERLOCK: THE ABOMINABLE BRIDE), an idea (and the possibility of a movie) is something Atwell won’t let go quietly into the night:
“I hound [Marvel Studios co-president Louis] D’Esposito on a regular basis, saying, ‘Give me a movie!’ I think the great thing about Peggy is, we know from “[Captain America: The] Winter Soldier” that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on, when I’m in my fifties, I’m like, ‘This is the time. Let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade.’ ”
It’s a shame ABC cancelled AGENT CARTER. What I saw of it was pretty fun and clearly the show had its base of fans. But who knows, maybe the character is meant for bigger things like a movie or extended TV special. With so much talk around female comic book characters getting their own movies maybe the idea of a movie around Agent Carter, one that delves into all the other adventures we haven’t seen her go on, would be a pretty easy sell for the folks at Marvel. Hell, maybe they could move the show over to Netflix or Hulu, somewhere that doesn'y rely so heavily on ratings. That may just be false hope, but still, can’t blame a guy for wanting to see Peggy Carter punch a few more chauvinistic men in the face.