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Did Captain America’s Hayley Atwell Just Get Her Own Marvel TV Show?


We told you back in October that Hayley Atwell would love to reprise her role as Peggy Carter on the small screen, and today, the internet is ablaze with rumors that this awesomeness might actually be happening. Following in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s footsteps, Agent Carter could be the next show on Marvel’s docket. I’m shaking just thinking of all the retro cosplay opportunities that this show could bring us.

According to The Daily Mirror (yeah, we know) Atwell has officially agreed to star in Marvel’s newest TV venture, which would see Carter kicking butt and rocking the red lip back in the 40′s. Supposedly, this will be Marvel’s “big project of 2014,” and we should expect to see Agent Carter on our screens by the end of the year. That would mean we’d see Carter’s WWII-era antics a full year before Marvel’s Netflix series featuring Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Iron Fist take shape.

If Peggy does get her own series, she’d be picking up where Phil Coulson left off, giving us the stories of the regular people that the superheroes of the Marvel universe leave in their wake. And don’t forget, not only is Carter a tough, Nazi-fightin’, non-spandex-wearing, superpower-free lady, but Atwell herself is also pretty amazing. After starring in her own Marvel short film, Atwell had the following to say about the lack of women in superhero films:

“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?”

Preach, Atwell. We’ve got our red-nailed fingers crossed that this rumor turns out to be true!

(via VirginMedia)

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  • Thomas Hayes

    I love Hayley Atwell. Gimme gimme gimme

  • Mandy

    Dear lord I hope this is true. Do it Marvel! Get yet another step up over DC and start realizing that you have women fans! We are here! And most of us seem to love us some Peggy Carter!

  • Elizabeth Wells

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • javakoala

    I cannot even begin to articulate the level of my enthusiasm for this. What’s the level above “fangirl flail*?

  • Marcy Kitsune

    This would be entirely awesome. I’d watch the first season regardless of quality – just to support this!

  • Anonymous

    “Fangirl flail” is followed by “Ecstasy epilepsy”, I think. (Or do I have the Logarithmic Scale of Geeky Celebration wrong? It has been a long holiday, after all.)

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Oh, please let this be true! Not only a strong female character, but a WW2 period show as well? I’ll just let out a little squee in anticipation…

  • Anonymous

    If this happens we still have the opportunity for more superheroes. Union Jack I, Union Jack II, Spitfire, Mrs. Marvel, the Whizzer…maybe even Namor.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens we still have the opportunity for more superheroes. Union Jack I, Union Jack II, Spitfire, Mrs. Marvel, the Whizzer…maybe even Namor.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens we still have the opportunity for more superheroes. Union Jack I, Union Jack II, Spitfire, Mrs. Marvel, the Whizzer…maybe even Namor.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens we still have the opportunity for more superheroes. Union Jack I, Union Jack II, Spitfire, Mrs. Marvel, the Whizzer…maybe even Namor.

  • Anonymous

    If this happens we still have the opportunity for more superheroes. Union Jack I, Union Jack II, Spitfire, Mrs. Marvel, the Whizzer…maybe even Namor.

  • Anonymous

    Fangasm.

  • Anonymous

    On one hand I’m extremely excited. On the other I’m kind of worried because I feel like this has potential to fall victim to all the problems people have with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Though having a named Marvel character as the lead is already a good start.

  • Anonymous

    On one hand I’m extremely excited. On the other I’m kind of worried because I feel like this has potential to fall victim to all the problems people have with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Though having a named Marvel character as the lead is already a good start.

  • Sewassbe

    I hope it’s like BBC’s “Land Girls,” only with more Nazis and superheroes and Howard Stark. Please let there also be Howard Stark.

  • Sewassbe

    I hope it’s like BBC’s “Land Girls,” only with more Nazis and superheroes and Howard Stark. Please let there also be Howard Stark.

  • http://bittersweetfountain.blogspot.com/ Bittersweet Fountain

    There had better be Howard Stark! Back at base building gadgets for Agent Carter and her Howling Commandos!!!!!

  • Katie Frederick

    Heck, I’d be excited to see the original Human Torch and Toro if they go that direction. Plus plenty of Classic Cap villains if we want to go full the superpowered route, (though I also like the idea of a more traditionally period spy thriller type show)

  • Katie Frederick

    Heck, I’d be excited to see the original Human Torch and Toro if they go that direction. Plus plenty of Classic Cap villains if we want to go full the superpowered route, (though I also like the idea of a more traditionally period spy thriller type show)

  • Katie Frederick

    Heck, I’d be excited to see the original Human Torch and Toro if they go that direction. Plus plenty of Classic Cap villains if we want to go full the superpowered route, (though I also like the idea of a more traditionally period spy thriller type show)

  • Anonymous

    We’ve already seen the original Human Torch in the first Captain America. At the World’s Fair, Dr. Phineas’ synthetic human.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve already seen the original Human Torch in the first Captain America. At the World’s Fair, Dr. Phineas’ synthetic human.

  • Katie Frederick

    Oh I definitely remember that, I just mean expanding on that cameo and making him a full character ^_^

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    Oh, this is my new favourite word!

  • kbroxmysox

    I think this would be awesome, but my only fair this WON’T happen because of SHIELD sort of being a sinking ship. Saying that this has a better, more unique spin to it than SHIELD does(different time, I could even see her dealing with a lot of old school baddies)…I wish this happens. Atwell was far and away the very best part of Captain America and I’m still bummed she isn’t playing Sharon Carter(I just don’t have faith in Emily Van Camp…)

  • Cad Wallader

    It all depends on where it will air. On Netflix? Awesome. On ABC? No thanks. ABC has shown an almost Warner Brothers-level of ineptitude with what was once a promising, high-concept show starring a character we loved. Hopefully this gets produced somewhere where the execs can keep their paws off it.

  • devovit

    On one hand it would be cool. On the other hand, Daily Mirror.

  • Anonymous

    Would this show actually be set during WWII? While Cap’s movie was written in such a way that there could be side adventures we didn’t see, it’d be narratively disappointing if we didn’t get regular appearances by Chris Evans & Lommy Lee Jones because of scheduling & pricetags. Her “One-Shot” seemed like it was set right after the WWII, so it seems like it could be more a Cold War period piece with occassional WWII flashbacks.

  • Anonymous

    They couldn’t directly use Human Torch I because Fox has the rights to the name & presumably his powered-up appearance. Universal still has the rights to Namor.

  • Lucine

    Most TV rating sites have Agents of Shield as ‘Sure to be renewed.’

  • Lucine

    If the Daily Mirror is lying to me… I will… I will…. Probably cry.

  • John W

    Since this will take place during WWII, I wonder if this means we’ll get some form of the Invaders: Cap, Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, Toro, Bucky, Captain Britain, Spitfire, Whizzer, and Miss America? Or maybe some form of the Howlin’ Commandos? More Hydra? More Red Skull?

  • Anonymous

    I think the Human Torch you’re referring to is Johnny Storm.

  • asea

    This plus WASP float may be just too much for me to handle.

  • Cellism

    Different characters, the android inspired Johnny Storm, as you said. Agent Carter and the Invaders sounds like it has all the makings of an amazing Netflix special though.

  • Anonymous

    Great! I hope there might be a Tommy Lee Jones cameo in it, too!

    Nevertheless that doesn’t relieve Marvel/Disney from the duty to show us some Superheroines ON THE BIG SCREEN! Come on, make Ms. Marvel with Katee Sackhoff a big movie!

    And as we just have wishing hour ;-), I would like a grown-up real-life version of Kim Possible, just for myself, please, too! ;-)

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Plus all this knocking on SHIELD ignores the fact that it just came off a powerful and exciting mid season finale, the episodes we’ve already seen were finished before they could get audience feedback, and the next half of the season is sure to address the things that aren’t working.

    I’m so tired of people expecting perfection out of a show that has literally AIRED 10 episodes.

  • kbroxmysox

    I’m not expecting perfection, I’m saying actual facts. SHIELD has lost viewers almost every week, so I’m worried that is going to negatively affect say another SHIELD show that’s female centric set in the past. I didn’t say anything about how it should have been perfect(I don’t expect it to be).

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Don’t let the Browncoats hear you. Firefly only had 14 episodes and those fans will go to their grave saying it is the single greatest masterpiece of television ever.

    I think the main thing hurting SHIELD is people keep associating it with Weadon and thus have really high expectations for it due to past successes. (Ignoring his stellar work on the likes of Alien 4) Which means they are expecting perfection from every scene.

  • kbroxmysox

    Boo on insulting a large fanbase who has nothing to do with anything. SHIELD has it’s fault. Even this very site has pointed them out. No one is expecting perfection, that’s why most people are sticking with it, in hopes that they’ll improve not become perfect. But the show has it’s weaknesses and no one is blind to it. But there is no reason to patronize a fanbase and a show.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    It was a real good show, and it had it’s chance stolen.

    That doesn’t mean EVERY show put together by the a similar team with also be THAT GOOD right out of the box.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I never said the show had no flaws, I said I expect to see those flaws addressed.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Every new show loses viewers every week, that’s how it works, no shows maintain their premier audience. It will likely pop back up in viewership after it returns next week because of the advertising blitz, and it will fall again. If it improves over the beginning of the season, people will come back, because of word of mouth. Plus, first season viewership is always sporadic, as people haven’t had time to get invested in the characters yet. SHIELD’s performance is no better or worse that any other show that’s premiered this year, so this talk of “sinking ships” is hyperbole.

    And I never said YOU were expecting perfection, as a matter of fact, I did not reply to YOUR comment at all, I was speaking of the SHIELD “fan”base in general, who had hyped up expectations and are now overly critical of the show, and are affecting the word of mouth of the show, because people think it sucks.

    It doesn’t suck, it has a solid cast, great production. It needs some technical polish and it needs a unifying theme.

    I think the plan was to use superheros to address current topics pertaining to oppression and social justice, i.e. the black man in the hoodie from the pilot, but it was likely a little too on the nose for the studio, and that they are now struggling with how to tell the stories they want to tell, which is why we haven’t had any good one-off villains yet. The only good plots have come from the overall arc, everything else has been wheel spinning, going against THINGS(like a helmet or a nuke remote control) instead of the people behind them.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Every new show loses viewers every week, that’s how it works, no shows maintain their premier audience. It will likely pop back up in viewership after it returns next week because of the advertising blitz, and it will fall again. If it improves over the beginning of the season, people will come back, because of word of mouth. Plus, first season viewership is always sporadic, as people haven’t had time to get invested in the characters yet. SHIELD’s performance is no better or worse that any other show that’s premiered this year, so this talk of “sinking ships” is hyperbole.

    And I never said YOU were expecting perfection, as a matter of fact, I did not reply to YOUR comment at all, I was speaking of the SHIELD “fan”base in general, who had hyped up expectations and are now overly critical of the show, and are affecting the word of mouth of the show, because people think it sucks.

    It doesn’t suck, it has a solid cast, great production. It needs some technical polish and it needs a unifying theme.

    I think the plan was to use superheros to address current topics pertaining to oppression and social justice, i.e. the black man in the hoodie from the pilot, but it was likely a little too on the nose for the studio, and that they are now struggling with how to tell the stories they want to tell, which is why we haven’t had any good one-off villains yet. The only good plots have come from the overall arc, everything else has been wheel spinning, going against THINGS(like a helmet or a nuke remote control) instead of the people behind them.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Every new show loses viewers every week, that’s how it works, no shows maintain their premier audience. It will likely pop back up in viewership after it returns next week because of the advertising blitz, and it will fall again. If it improves over the beginning of the season, people will come back, because of word of mouth. Plus, first season viewership is always sporadic, as people haven’t had time to get invested in the characters yet. SHIELD’s performance is no better or worse that any other show that’s premiered this year, so this talk of “sinking ships” is hyperbole.

    And I never said YOU were expecting perfection, as a matter of fact, I did not reply to YOUR comment at all, I was speaking of the SHIELD “fan”base in general, who had hyped up expectations and are now overly critical of the show, and are affecting the word of mouth of the show, because people think it sucks.

    It doesn’t suck, it has a solid cast, great production. It needs some technical polish and it needs a unifying theme.

    I think the plan was to use superheros to address current topics pertaining to oppression and social justice, i.e. the black man in the hoodie from the pilot, but it was likely a little too on the nose for the studio, and that they are now struggling with how to tell the stories they want to tell, which is why we haven’t had any good one-off villains yet. The only good plots have come from the overall arc, everything else has been wheel spinning, going against THINGS(like a helmet or a nuke remote control) instead of the people behind them.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Every new show loses viewers every week, that’s how it works, no shows maintain their premier audience. It will likely pop back up in viewership after it returns next week because of the advertising blitz, and it will fall again. If it improves over the beginning of the season, people will come back, because of word of mouth. Plus, first season viewership is always sporadic, as people haven’t had time to get invested in the characters yet. SHIELD’s performance is no better or worse that any other show that’s premiered this year, so this talk of “sinking ships” is hyperbole.

    And I never said YOU were expecting perfection, as a matter of fact, I did not reply to YOUR comment at all, I was speaking of the SHIELD “fan”base in general, who had hyped up expectations and are now overly critical of the show, and are affecting the word of mouth of the show, because people think it sucks.

    It doesn’t suck, it has a solid cast, great production. It needs some technical polish and it needs a unifying theme.

    I think the plan was to use superheros to address current topics pertaining to oppression and social justice, i.e. the black man in the hoodie from the pilot, but it was likely a little too on the nose for the studio, and that they are now struggling with how to tell the stories they want to tell, which is why we haven’t had any good one-off villains yet. The only good plots have come from the overall arc, everything else has been wheel spinning, going against THINGS(like a helmet or a nuke remote control) instead of the people behind them.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Every new show loses viewers every week, that’s how it works, no shows maintain their premier audience. It will likely pop back up in viewership after it returns next week because of the advertising blitz, and it will fall again. If it improves over the beginning of the season, people will come back, because of word of mouth. Plus, first season viewership is always sporadic, as people haven’t had time to get invested in the characters yet. SHIELD’s performance is no better or worse that any other show that’s premiered this year, so this talk of “sinking ships” is hyperbole.

    And I never said YOU were expecting perfection, as a matter of fact, I did not reply to YOUR comment at all, I was speaking of the SHIELD “fan”base in general, who had hyped up expectations and are now overly critical of the show, and are affecting the word of mouth of the show, because people think it sucks.

    It doesn’t suck, it has a solid cast, great production. It needs some technical polish and it needs a unifying theme.

    I think the plan was to use superheros to address current topics pertaining to oppression and social justice, i.e. the black man in the hoodie from the pilot, but it was likely a little too on the nose for the studio, and that they are now struggling with how to tell the stories they want to tell, which is why we haven’t had any good one-off villains yet. The only good plots have come from the overall arc, everything else has been wheel spinning, going against THINGS(like a helmet or a nuke remote control) instead of the people behind them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    A very good point, but that doesn’t change that it is an easy misconception to make.

    For example, i loved Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls and that same creative team is working on Hannibal. Would be hard pressed to find a concept any more different and disassociated from the other but I confess to feeling like Hannibal ‘stole’ those episodes meant for two wonderful tv shows, even if that is illogical, nonsense and foolhardy. And I confess to even disliking Hannibal simply because it is nothing like the two shows I really liked that were by the same people.

    That said, I confess regarding Shield, I don’t expect it to really pick up steam and go to those great heights people are expecting until season 2. Its really a ‘slowly picking up steam’ upward roller coaster at the moment. (Not indifferent from Arrow which did okayish in its first season but didn’t really come into its own as a stellar show until later in)

  • Anonymous

    This would be such an amazing show. I hope Marvel can get the idiots who program network TV to get on board. Maybe the Mad Programmers can avoid another “Firefly” embarrassment.

  • Temmere

    Yeah, it’d be great if it happened, but I don’t see anything in the linked article that suggests they have real evidence. No official announcement, no quotes from a named source, nothing.

  • Anonymous

    GREAT! That One-Shot was one of Marvel’s best, and there is a lot to mine with a post-war Peggy Carter show…we’re looking at the birth of the Marvel Universe; there’s HYDRA, the Invaders, the birth of the Cold War and the superhuman arms race (maybe a precursor to the Black Widow can be a recurring character?), the establishing of S.H.I.E.L.D., lot’s of great stuff to build a show around Peggy!

    My only hope is that they do a better job of making it a Marvel show than they did with AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. If they make something close in concept to the one-shot, and really embrace the comicbookness of a world of secret agents in high heels with gadget filled briefcases who confront the rampant misogyny of the 40′s-50′s, then I think we’re golden. This show needs to be bold. broad, and daring…not small and cheap like SHIELD.

    Atwell is a great actress and committed to the role, and I think the fact that it’s HER show and not an ensemble will help to focus things. There’s really good stuff there…a working woman in a position of power in the 40′s-50′s trying to move on from the death of the love of her life and dealing with the slow rise of evil organizations, powers, and techologies that the world has never seen before. It’s an exciting time!

  • MrONegative

    You’re adorable.

  • Fastman

    I am a guy and I also love some more Peggy Carter.She was great in Captain America.

    Agent Carter should get her own series.
    It is about time Marvel gets more female heroines.
    (Still waiting on Ms.Marvel to arive.)

  • Anonymous

    All these marketing troll comments in favor of this deplorable junk can’t touch the fact that this fake brit POS liar won’t be caught dead in America, because everyone knows America will kill it and its phoney “father” britshit.