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Hayley Atwell Talks Women In Superhero Movies, Says She’d Definitely Do An Agent Carter TV Show

The possibility of Peggy Carter getting her own television show just got one small step closer to reality. After those annoying posters and the negative fanboy reactions to Black Widow’s role in Avengers 2, we’ve been needing some good lady news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so let’s thank the superhero gods for Hayley Atwell.

The actress, who brought Peggy Carter to life in Captain America: The First Avenger and the solo short film Agent Carter, says she’d be ready for more:

“The one-shot was so successful, the fanbase were like, ‘We want more of Peggy!’ I think Marvel probably take that very seriously, and it’s certainly something I would be a part of doing. I’d be interested to show different sides of Peggy.”

The popularity of Peggy Carter has proven that a woman can be a successful breakout character in a blockbuster like Captain America. Agent Carter fights Nazis, dismantles sexism, and generally kicks butt, all with perfect lipstick and a distinct lack of spandex. It would be a terrible waste to let her character get relegated to flashbacks in Cap’s new films. Besides, with the solid start of Agents of SHIELD, Marvel has already proven that its universe can hold its own on the small screen. SHIELD and Agent’s Carter’s show could tie into each other and give us a Torchwood-esque look into what happens to secondary characters after the heroes are gone. Having two Marvel shows, one with a lot of women in the main cast and another with a woman as the protagonist, would be nothing short of awesome.

Atwell also talked about the necessity of featuring more female characters in superhero stories:

“Where are the women? Where are the women who are leading and not just the hot sex symbol in the tight outfits, or the aggressive ones with their sexy action sequences? Where are the ones that are battling with their own identity like Iron Man is? Or trying to make a difference in the forefront?”

We haven’t had anything close to confirmation that a Peggy Carter show will actually happen, so all of this could still come to naught. Still, we know that it’s a possibility, and that the actress is onboard, so things are looking up. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed Marvel won’t drop the ball on this one and will seize the opportunity to give us more of one kickass lady.

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Emily Neenan

    It’s all there for you, Marvel. Just reach out and take our money!

  • Bam Bunting

    Besides the fact that Hayley looks like a glamorous actress from the 1940′s and besides the fact that she absolutely owns this role, does well in her action scenes and would make an amazing splash on television.

    Besides all that. Having alluring British accents on primetime is never not a bad thing.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll say it before and I’ll say it again but Marvel just continues to leave money on the table WRT to their audiences. You have everyone from Anthony Mackie to now Ms. Atwell talking about the lack of female and minority heroes in these movies and there’s still not much happening (though Falcon and Scarlet Witch are a good start).

    Here’s hoping Phase 3 brings some women and heroes of color into the lead.

  • AverageDrafter

    This should be a done deal, there is some concern about Marvel Fatigue, but honestly the range of genres covered by the MCU so far and how much they have to explore – I don’t think people are going to get sick of comic book movies as long as the continually explore these genres.

  • AverageDrafter

    I’m thinking this is exactly what is going to happen.

    Phase 3 will include Captain Marvel and Black Panther.

    Going forward, I can also see the feeder movies centered less on individual characters, and more on the total environment the characters live in. You can see this already with Captain America loading up with tertiary characters, and I think smaller team ups (two-man teams) are on the horizon.

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  • Fisty

    Like Drafter said, I suspect it’s on the way. You have to realize the main money makers to set a foundation happen to be male characters. Right now we have phase 2.5 with Agents of Shield where half the cast is female/badass/funny/witty/entertaining. Then there’s that rumor Wanda Maximoff is the “magic” in Tahiti that kept him alive.

  • Fisty

    Like Drafter said, I suspect it’s on the way. You have to realize the main money makers to set a foundation happen to be male characters. Right now we have phase 2.5 with Agents of Shield where half the cast is female/badass/funny/witty/entertaining. Then there’s that rumor Wanda Maximoff is the “magic” in Tahiti that kept him alive.

  • Anonymous

    Not to be a Negative Nancy, but neither Captain Marvel nor Black Panther have been confirmed for movies or even cameos. All we’ve gotten with respect to those characters is rumor, and little enough of that from Marvel honchos. While Ant-Man and Guardians got pretty early and enthusiastic confirmations from Marvel, we’ve yet to see that sort of support for Captain Marvel and Black Panther. Let’s hope the growing support among the actors in the Marvel universe counts for something.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. This is a great opportunity for Marvel to “expand” their brand by moving away from superheroes and into the espionage/action game. Between new CW shows with DC characters, the Marvel movieverse, and Agents of Shield, we might be reaching a breaking point with superpowered characters. A show that is one part Alias, one part Mad Men, and one part La Femme Nikita is primed to succeed.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Not to rain on this concept but how much does it cost to pull off a historic fiction? I know some shows have pulled it off like downton abby, but they are generally light on action and reuse the same indoor rooms every time. Would budget be a problem for this concept?

  • Anonymous

    So, this means Peggy Carter WON’T be the female Marvel hero to get a big movie?

    But then, I rather take a 26 or so episode season series over a 2 hour movie. I like to see more of a female hero.

    Hopefully, they get that Ms. Marvel movie with Katee Sackhoff done very soon!

  • LifeLessons

    More Peggy, more Peggy!! Lots more!!! :)

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Hmm…It would run afowl of the ‘kirks rock’ issue what it looking so radically different unless the whole motiff of the series was her overseas in europe fighting the good fight and keeping her out of the states…
    Hmm…That could work. The only possible issues is traveling costs and the fact that constantly having the story behind enemy lines could result in overly high tension levels (which can despite what one may think, harm a show since it needs breathing room)