When Agent Carter premiered on ABC, many fans of the MCU and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. thought that the mini series would be something small that fans of the character could enjoy for a couple episodes. The character was great in the Captain America films, but fans weren’t sure she could handle her own show.
Well, most of those fans changed their minds. Agent Carter turned out to be pretty good, and got itself a second season. Unfortunately, the series did get canceled after only 18 episodes. However, according to actress Haley Atwell, we could see the show return in some form.
While promoting her new ABC series Conviction, Atwell talked about saying goodbye to the character and the series. Here is what she had to say:
Aw! Well, 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.
Atwell doesn’t seem to be ready to leave the role behind, but she also mentioned how it was very unclear if Agent Carter was going to continue.
It was unclear if Agent Carter would go ahead… It was always one of those much-loved but kind of little places that it had in the world of ABC, and it was very much up in the air. I kind of 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, and that’s how I’ve always been. That’s how I’ll always see myself, and that also means that I’m always starting again. I’m always learning new things.
So when this pilot came about, ABC said, “Well, this is not where we’re cancelling ‘Agent Carter.’ This is a great new project. We really want you in the center of it. We want to see if it’s going to go.” And then, there were talks of, “Do we do an ‘Agent Carter’ special? Does [‘Conviction’] not get picked up, and ‘Agent Carter’ does? Does the opposite happen? Does neither of them happen? Will I be completely, like, jobless come summer?” All of that was a possibility, and you can only really focus on what’s right in front of you.
If Agent Carter and Conviction were both going to happen, Atwell explains that it could have worked out somehow.
I think they would have figured something out in terms of making a special, or waiting until we finish this season, and then we do 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. I would be very happy to go back to her if she became available.
Speaking of specials, does Atwell think that we will get one? Here is what she had to say.
I would love it to be. 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 “[Captain America: The] 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.”
If we were to ever see Agent Carter return to the MCU is still up in the air, but I’m sure fans would love another surprise cameo like in Ant-Man. As for a revival of Agent Carter, fans might have to have wait a bit longer.
If you want to see more MCU TV, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has just returned with its new season, along with Ghost Rider. That airs Tuesdays at 10pm EST on ABC.