There are few people I can think of who’ve campaigned as hard for their characters as Hayley Atwell. The actress knows her fanbase and loves playing Peggy Carter as much as we love watching her. Since Agent Carter‘s tragic cancellation this past May (it feels like forever!), we’ve found ourselves half in mourning, half in hope for its continuation, whether on the small screen or big. For once, it’s not just fanfiction driving the idea forward: it’s Peggy herself.
Speaking with CBR while promoting her latest series, Conviction, Atwell was again asked about her hopes for Agent Carter‘s future and, clearly, Hayley hasn’t even begun to give up:
I don’t feel like I’ve said goodbye to her. She does still seem to live on a lot for the fans. And Marvel is still such a big part of my career, especially my professional family, that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point, seeing her in other avenues. I love her, and I hope that she has a life elsewhere at another time.
“Not ruling out” a return to Peggy isn’t exactly the driving force you may have been looking for, but Atwell went a step further in assuring us she’s not just lounging about, wishing and dreaming. She’s just as proactive as our dear Pegs:
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 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.’
Ah, I could just …
… because I do believe Atwell’s support on top of a big fanbase can make change; just look at Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow. It took quite a while of outspoken fans and Johannson, RDJ, and Chris Evans speaking out, but, by gum, Widow’s finally got her own Marvel movie on the docket. Hayley has clearly paid attention, and speaking directly to someone that high in the Marvel chain is supersmart.
We will keep beating those drums, and we just know we’ll see Peggy Carter again.