This year, not only did we see the cancellation of Agent Carter, a series that provided fans a chance to get to know Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) beyond the love interest in Captain America: The First Avenger, but we also saw the Marvel Cinematic Universe kill off the character in last month’s Captain America: Civil War. To say it’s been a rather bad time for Peggy Carter fans would be putting it lightly. Agent Carter‘s second season ended on a major cliffhanger, leaving more questions than answers, and then, of course, in Civil War, we saw Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) finally develop into something more than colleagues. Of course, for comic fans, seeing Steve and Sharon connect romantically wasn’t surprising. Still, for some, that turn in their relationship seemed rather unnecessary – especially so soon after Peggy’s funeral.
While the topic has mostly been discussed by fans, she was asked to give her opinion on the matter. Naturally, during her panel at this past weekend’s Phildelphia Wizard World Con, Atwell had to poke fun at the two – joking that Peggy would certainly be “turning over in her grave” after finding out about Sharon and Steve.
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.
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!
Atwell brings up some valid points as to why Sharon and Steve being an item should be weird for each of them. Ties to former family members or love interests aside, there is another big reason that Peggy would not be accepting of their relationship. If you are wondering, yes, it has something to with a recent reveal regarding Steve’s backstory and true allegiance.
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.
While Atwell certainly had her fun with the panel and answering questions, she did have some more serious answers as to where Agent Carter could have gone. We recently speculated how it could connect Peggy and Sharon and their family ties to one another, and her description of the cliffhanger and what she’s been told indicate that could have been a possibility.
I think they wanted to end the season on a cliffhanger where we weren’t completely sure if Agent Thompson died or if he was just injured. I think that was a decision the writers were going to make once they knew whether or not they were going to go into a third season. I was speaking to the writers last night and we all love the show so much that we’d be happy to pursue it on a different network. There’s still so much to tell, not the least of which is how Agent Carter starts S.H.I.E.L.D.
I was told that it doesn’t stand for Margaret Carter. For Peggy. So that’s very exciting. And I was told who it does stand for and the whole Season 3 would have certainly been peppered with this identity of ‘M. Carter’ and it very much links to my past. So we would have seen more flashbacks to where she came from. And, of course, the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. And then a lot more comedy with Jarvis, who is my spirit animal.
There is still no indication as to if we will see a third season of the show, but the more buzz that builds around it, the more likely it may be. This is not the first time Atwell has talked about the possible future and with both her and Dominic Cooper voicing their hopes that they will have the chance to close the series out properly. Let us know what you think of Atwell’s comments in the comments below!