Peggy Carter's had it pretty rough recently. First, Agent Carter was cancelled despite fans petitioning to keep the show on air. Then, audiences were teased with what could have been when plot details of Season 3 surfaced online. Finally, as if that wasn't bad enough, Peggy was then killed off in Captain America: Civil War without even appearing on screen.
However, none of that compares to the treachery that occurred after Agent Carter's funeral; and no, we're not talking about Steve Roger's and Tony Stark's shattered bromance — although that did make us pretty sad.
Just before the epic airport battle took place, Captain America briefly met up with Sharon Carter to share vital information and apparently some saliva too, kissing her in front of his best buds Falcon and Bucky.
The scene felt rather forced due to the lack of chemistry between the pair, but that's not the real issue. The problem here is that Peggy Carter had just died and now the love of her life is playing tonsil tennis with her grandniece. Ew.
During an interview with IGN on the post-cancellation tour for Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell had this to say about Peggy and what her reaction to the illicit romance would be:
“Well, first of all she’d be turning over in her grave. She’d be like ‘no.’ And she’d inject herself with the blue serum and become a super villain. She’d break out of her coffin and ground [Sharon]. She’d ground her. Then she’d kick Steve’s ass as well.”
Atwell went on to explain why she wasn't too pleased with the relationship:
“I just feel that, you know — I wouldn’t want to date my great aunt’s guy. It just feels like it crosses an incestuous boundary. And Peggy just died. That’s even more disrespectful, right? It’s like, ‘don’t touch that.”‘ You can’t tap that!”
We would have paid a ton of money to see 95-year-old Peggy Carter pop up between Cap and Sharon mid-kiss, uttering the immortal words: "You can't tap that!," but unfortunately, death had already claimed Agent Carter before she could speak her mind.
Despite the awkward nature of Sharon's romance with Steve, Atwell felt Peggy would ultimately remain protective of her grandniece, although she clearly doesn't feel the same way about Captain America, saying that:
"She'd want the best for her and she'd want her dating a good guy. And now with this whole 'Hail Hydra" business, I don't know if Steve's good enough for her. So on all levels, it's just a big fat no."
Regardless of whether Captain America is secretly an evil Hydra spy or not, there's still something pretty uncomfortable about Steve's relationship with Sharon, especially considering how soon it flourished after Peggy's funeral.
Maybe it's time that Marvel just bit the bullet and listened to the fan petition #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend that was making the rounds on Twitter recently. We don't know how Peggy would feel about that, but at least then Cap wouldn't be making out with her grandniece!
Or there's always Black Widow of course: