The Agent Carter Story That Hayley Atwell Wanted For Season 3

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The various Marvel TV shows have done pretty well over the years, but there was one that wasn't able to last more than a couple of seasons. Agent Carter saw Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger. Peggy worked to overcome gender stereotypes of the late 1940s and found the organization that would become S.H.I.E.L.D. Unfortunately, her show was cancelled after only two seasons due to low ratings. Now, Hayley Atwell has revealed what she wanted to happen with Peggy in Season 3, saying this:

I think the third season would have explored her family. But I'd like to see her in the Civil Right Movement.

Hayley Atwell shared her vision for the future of Agent Carter during a recent panel at the Heroes and Villains convention in London, and it definitely sounds like something that could have worked for a third season. Peggy has always been willing to fight for what is right, whether it was battling the Nazis or standing up for herself as a woman in a man's world or simply liking Steve Rogers for his heart before he got the super soldier serum upgrade to become Captain America. She spent a good chunk of Season 2 supporting Jason Wilkes when many of her contemporaries would have dismissed him for his race. Of course she would be busy in the Civil Rights Movement!

Unfortunately, we'll probably never get a full batch of episodes with Peggy in the Civil Rights Movement, but it's not inconceivable that we could check in with her. Hayley Atwell has said that Peggy's canonical long life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe means that Peggy could get back in the action at any point in any era, and she has pitched the possibility of TV specials for Peggy and Co. in the future. Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb has said that Marvel can't actually order a TV special without knowing ahead of time where it would air, so there are definitely details that would need to be worked out before we could get Peggy back in any era, Civil Rights or otherwise.

Considering that Agent Carter actually ended Season 2 on a cliffhanger, I'd say we deserve some closure. If the only way to get more is via animated series, I could live with it. Hayley Atwell has already played animated Peggy, and animated action would be better than nothing. We can only wait, cross our fingers, and hope at this point.

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