If you’re like many of us here at MCUExchange, you’re still pretty disappointed by the cancellation of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Shortly after the news of the show’s cancellation was confirmed, ABC announced that Hayley Atwell would be starring in another show for the network, Conviction. At that point, most of us bitterly accepted that the show was dead, but prior to those announcements, it seemed like ABC still wanted to keep it around, just in a new format.
In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Hayley Atwell revealed that ABC almost kept Agent Carter going, but as a special or mid-season show (possibly on another network).
So when this pilot came about, ABC said, “Well, this is not where we’re cancelling ‘Agent Carter.’ This is a great new project. We really want you in the center of it. We want to see if it’s going to go.” And then, there were talks of, “Do we do an ‘Agent Carter’ special? Does [‘Conviction’] not get picked up, and ‘Agent Carter’ does? Does the opposite happen? Does neither of them happen? Will I be completely, like, jobless come summer?” All of that was a possibility, and you can only really focus on what’s right in front of you.
With Conviction moving forward, what would have happened if ABC had approved more Agent Carter? Atwell answers:
I think they would have figured something out in terms of making a special, or waiting until we finish this season, and then we do something else with another network, perhaps. All I’m saying with that is, it’s still a much-loved show for the people involved in the making of it, and we know that the fans, it has a special place in their hearts. I would be very happy to go back to her if she became available.
So is there still hope? Luckily, there is. Atwell says that she is constantly trying to bring back the character, perhaps even in a movie.
I hound [Marvel Studios co-president Louis] D’Esposito on a regular basis, saying, “Give me a movie!” I think the great thing about Peggy is, we know from “[Captain America: The] Winter Soldier” that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on, when I’m in my fifties, I’m like, “This is the time. Let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade.”
Source: Comic Book Resources