Marvel star Hayley Atwell opens up about Peggy Carter’s MCU future
“You never know.”
Marvel Cinematic Universe spoilers follow.
Marvel star Hayley Atwell has opened up about Peggy Carter’s MCU future.
The actress has played the SHIELD agent in a variety of projects, from the Captain America movies to her own TV series to variant versions in both Marvel’s What if…? and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Speaking to Digital Spy, she didn’t close the door to the MCU: “It’s so funny, because you know, I did that 10 years ago, and I love her because I love the people, and you never know…”
The actress pointed out that one big obstacle is the most recent version of the character, the variant known as Captain Carter, was “cut in half with a frisbee” by the Scarlet Witch in the latest Doctor Strange film.
“It was definitely not, you know, the trajectory that I see for Peggy. I would definitely like her to have more to do,” she admitted.
Atwell added that a potential appearance for Peggy, either in her original MCU timeline or as a variant, depends on interest from the fans. “It depends on what Marvel, and what the audiences, want,” she said.
“I’m a custodian of her. Compared to the rest of my career and everything I’ve done or my stage work and doing Mission: Impossible now and all the diversity of roles I’ve played, and the diversity that I get to explore, and to be able to play more complex roles and villains and lots of different things – she is not mine anymore.
“She lives in the world of people that have taken her into their heart. And that’s beautiful. But it’s kind of like: yeah, you can’t control the impact a particular role has on the rest of the world.”
Atwell touched on the impact of playing a character in various iterations over the course of more than a decade.
She recalled: “I think, you know, when I first started doing it, what it meant in playing her was, I was starting to learn how to hold my own as a character who felt like an outsider, a little bit, and was up against the very obvious things of being in a man’s world, being overlooked, being overseen, knowing that she was competent but it was unlikely that she would get the recognition – she would just have to work twice as hard.
“And yet she remained dignified in that. And it was particularly more explored in the series that she remained true to herself. So she had an integrity that I really admired.
“And I think, yeah, it was the first time I was working in a franchise, ina studio system that big. So it was a huge, huge learning curve, really, to have gone from classical theatre and period-dramas that had come from books – these literary classics, where my love of language was kind of developed – and the to go into a big studio system, and work with these wonderful, creative nerds, and to feel respected. That was important.
“So I think more in terms of the process of playing her, it was the beginning of my adult self in this industry.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is streaming on Disney+
Original article at Digital Spy.
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