‘Captain America’ Star Hayley Atwell Gets to Be the Hero in ‘Agent Carter’
Hayely Atwell in 'Agent Carter' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
Hayley Atwell is known to Marvel fans for her role as Peggy Carter, the beautiful and headstrong British agent who becomes the love interest of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), the self-described "kid from Brooklyn" who becomes an iconic war (super) hero, in "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011).
Now, Hayley gets to reprise her role — and take center stage — as the butt-kicking heroine of the new short film, "Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter," which will be featured on the Blu-ray and DVD release of "Iron Man 3" (hitting store shelves both physical and virtual on September 24).
"Agent Carter," directed by Marvel co-president Louis D'Esposito, picks up one year after the events of "Captain America," where Peggy is now an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in New York City. She's the only woman in the office run by Agent Flynn (Bradley Whitford) and treated as little more than a glorified secretary … until she takes on a solo mission that allows her to show off her fighting skills and wreck some havoc upon the criminal organization run by a shadowy figure known only as Zodiac.
The short film has the kind of top-notch production value, strong characters and, yes, handful of surprises that you've come to expect from any feature-length Marvel movie, and Hayley truly shines in the lead role as a woman who can more than hold her own in a 'man's world.' We spoke with Hayley after the screening at the San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the past, present and possible future of this amazing woman.
Watch Hayley Atwell get tough in a clip from 'Agent Carter':
You thought you were completely done with the character of Peggy Carter after "Captain America: The First Avenger"? This short film came as a complete surprise?
HAYLEY ATWELL: Pretty much. We finished filming "Captain America" over two years ago and I'd moved on, I'd done a lot of different projects back in England and so I didn't expect anything, I let Peggy go and hung up her coat. So this came out of the blue earlier this year that Lou (D'Esposito) just called me up and said "Hey we've got this idea for this script, will you come and do it?" So it was quite surreal, I'd never done that before; very rarely does an actor go back and revisit a part two years later. You have that in theatre where people might play Lady MacBeth when they're 20 and again play Lady MacBeth when they're 40 or something but not really in film. So that's what makes it kind of unique.