A month ago, Hayley Atwell told an interviewer that she would not be returning for Captain America: Winter Soldier, and just a few weeks ago we heard that Emily VanCamp had been tapped for the role of Sharon Carter, the niece of Atwell’s Peggy Carter.
But it seems perhaps that Peggy Carter may not be as absent from Captain America: Winter Soldier as Atwell implied.
Collider happened to be interviewing Stanley Tucci about his upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer, and naturally asked a few questions about his experience on Captain America: The First Avenger (where he portrayed Dr. Erskine), and whether he’d been asked to return for flashbacks or anything like that.
No, they haven’t, unfortunately. I’m really sad. I know that Hayley is going back to do a flashback scene, but I have not been asked.
We never saw Atwell’s actual words when she confirmed to TimeOut that she wouldn’t be returning for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It may be that she was simply confirming that she would not be playing the movie’s leading lady. Or maybe Stanley Tucci is mistaken? Or maybe she was asked to do the scene only recently?
In any case, it means we can’t rule out seeing Ms. Atwell in some capacity in Winter Soldier, and that the movie is likely to scratch many a WWII era flashback itch. The First Avenger was not a movie that had a lot of room for a fully-fledged female lead, but it made the time anyway (granted, this should not be an exemplary quality in a movie, but we live in the world we live in). I’m definitely looking forward to seeing Peggy Carter again, no matter how briefly.