ABC may have canceled Marvel's Agent Carter, and Netflix may have passed on the show, but that’s not stopping Hayley Atwell for pushing for more adventures for Captain America’s best girl.
Following the Television Critics Association summer press tour panel for Atwell’s upcoming ABC series Conviction, the British actress spoke to reporters about Agent Carter, how she felt about the series getting the ax and whether fans can still hope to see Peggy Carter again. Atwell said -- and not for the first time -- that she was more than prepared to do both shows if Agent Carter had been renewed for a third season.
“I think they would have figured something out in terms of making a special or waiting until we finish this season and then me doing 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. That’s something that I would be very happy to go back to if the opportunity came.”
Hayley Atwell is not just saying this. The actress is still actively pushing for more Peggy adventures, and she already has an idea how to continue telling her story:
“I’d love there to be. I hound [Marvel Studios co-president] Louis D’Esposito on a regular basis saying, ‘Give me a movie.’ The great thing about Peggy is we know from The Winter Soldier that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on when I’m in my 50s, let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade. I don’t feel like I’ve said goodbye to her because she does still seem to live on a lot for a lot of the fans. Marvel is still such a big part of my career and I suppose my professional family that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point or seeing her in other avenues. I love her and I hope that she has a life elsewhere another time.”
Atwell also spoke about how anxious she was while waiting for news about both Conviction and Agent Carter:
“It was unclear if Agent Carter would go ahead. We felt by the end of the second series, it’s a miniseries, it’s midseason. It’s always one of those much loved but little places that it had in the world of ABC. It was very much up in the air. I was able to let that go. I’m quite good at letting go of that which is not in my control. Once I have no choice, I just get on with it. I was back to being an actor for hire. That’s how I’ve always been. That’s how I’ll always see myself and that means I’m always starting again. I’m always learning new things. So when this pilot came about, ABC said, ‘This is not we’re canceling Agent Carter. This is we’ve got a great new project. We really want you in the center of it. We want to see if it’s going to go.’ Then there were talks of, do we do an Agent Carter special? Does this not get picked up and Agent Carter does? Does the opposite happen? Do neither of them happen? Will I be completely jobless come the summer? All of that was a possibility and you can only really focus on what’s right in front of you.”
Are you still gutted about Agent Carter’s fate? How do you think Marvel could/should continue Peggy’s story? I mean, we're still waiting to see the foundation of S.H.I.E.L.D., and there's still the question of THAT major cliffhanger we were left on when Season 2 ended. The video below contains huge spoilers for Agent Carter's Season 2 finale.