Behind every great man is a woman kicking just as much butt as he does. For Captain America, that great woman is Agent Peggy Carter, whose immense popularity with the fans won her a fantastic — if short-lived — TV show. Telling the story of how Peggy went from respected WWII agent to ignored office lackey, Agent Carter was an uplifting show that tacked everything from seductive Russian spies to Peggy and Howard Stark's grief over Steve's (apparent) death. What Agent Carter didn't manage to do, however, was show how Peggy and Howard ended up founding S.H.I.E.L.D. — a secret agency that was at the center of the #MCU until The Winter Soldier dissolved it. S.H.I.E.L.D's legacy continued in its own TV show, but Peggy's impact on the agency was never revealed — until now. Probably.
Will Peggy Carter Appear In Captain Marvel?
Actress Hayley Atwell hasn't rested on her laurels since Agent Carter's cancellation. Peggy has popped up in two more #Marvel movies, before her death in Civil War. But, thanks to Captain Marvel's 90s setting, this may not be the last we've seen of Peggy.
Marvel Studios co-president Louis D'Esposito recently posted some snaps of himself and Atwell, leading many to (wildly) speculate that Atwell's visit to the studio means she'll be appearing in an upcoming movie.
With Captain Marvel due to start shooting soon, very little about the cast and plot has been revealed. What we do know, however, is that it will be set in the 1990s, featuring Carol Danvers teaming up with a two-eyed Nick Fury to deal with the secret Skrull vs Kree war. It's a fascinating premise, and one that has lasting implications for the MCU.
Not only that, but the timeframe allows Peggy Carter to finally return as co-founder of S.H.I.E.L.D. In fact, it would be surprising if she didn't appear in the film, after #AgentCarter never got around to telling us exactly how Peggy helped start the agency. Not much is known about Peggy's life at that time, but the flashback scene in Ant-Man revealed that she was still one of S.H.I.E.L.D's leaders in 1989.
It stands to reason that Peggy still would have held an executive role in the 1990s, when Nick Fury joined the agency, and would be involved in whatever secret war S.H.I.E.L.D. was defending the Earth against. Who knows, maybe Peggy was even Fury's mentor!
With S.H.I.E.L.D. lacking any central role in the movies, it'll be great to get back to why the agency was important — regardless of Hydra's infiltration — in Captain Marvel. Peggy Carter deserves to be a part of that story — heck, logically, there's no reason why she shouldn't be, as she was one of the agency's leaders. Here's hoping the MCU bosses think so too, because the idea of Peggy and Carol teaming up to kick some alien butt is so awesome that it almost makes up for Agent Carter's cancellation.
Of course, Captain Marvel isn't the only movie Hayley Atwell may appear in...
More Flashbacks In Ant-Man And The Wasp?
On the same day that Atwell visited Marvel Studios HQ, it was announced that #AntManAndTheWasp has started filming. Now, this sequel might be set in modern day — after Peggy Carter's death — but the previous Ant-Man did feature Peggy in a flashback, and it looks like part of the sequel will also deal with that timeframe.
With Michelle Pfeiffer cast as Janet Van-Dyne, there are several possibilities for the original Wasp's involvement in the plot. It seems highly likely that Ant-Man & The Wasp will feature Scott and Hope shrinking down to the Quantum Realm, where Janet has been trapped for decades.
To explain how Janet became the Wasp in the first place, it's possible that the movie will feature yet more flashbacks to the late 1980s, when she and Hank Pym worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. — rubbing shoulders with Agent Peggy Carter. Because Peggy has already appeared in one of the Ant-Man films, it would give a nice sense of continuity to have her appear in the sequel too.
However, while it would be great to see Peggy in any capacity, personally I'm hoping for Captain Marvel over Ant-Man & The Wasp. The former would allow Peggy to have more of an active role in the story, not to mention answering all the questions we have about how she founded S.H.I.E.L.D, and what adventures she went on before Captain America's return — plus, there's that Civil War plot hole to fill.
After Agent Carter's cancellation, the MCU lost one of its most interesting female characters. Here's hoping that we get to see Peggy act as a mentor to one of Marvel's most beloved heroes, while giving us some closure on her role in the MCU's history.
Which movie would you like to see Peggy appear in?