‘Agent Carter’ Fans Are Looking Forward to This Disney+ Show the Most

One of the reasons the final scene of Avengers: Endgame was so effective was that it wasn’t a bombastic shot full of CGI fireworks. It was a simple scene of Steve Rogers finally getting that dance he promised his beloved Peggy Carter. It showed that after all the heroics, what it all boiled down to was being with the love of your life. 

It wasn’t just a relief for Steve Rogers, it was a relief for Peggy Carter fans who were still smarting over the fact that the Agent Carter TV series lasted only two seasons and that Peggy didn’t play a big part in the movies after that. Now Marvel looks to satisfy Peggy’s fans by making her a central figure of their new Disney+ series, What If…?

What was Peggy Carter’s role in the movies?

Hayley Atwell signing autographs for fans.
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Peggy Carter was introduced in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, the last of the solo MCU films to set up the core Avengers roster. Played by Hayley Atwell, Carter was an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which developed the super soldier serum that gave rise to Captain America. She fell in love with Steve Rogers and was heartbroken when he sacrificed himself and disappeared into the ice. 

Carter went on to become one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency that helped bring together the Avengers. She appeared again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, finally reuniting with Steve – only this time, he was heartbroken as he realized she was slipping away with Alzheimer’s disease. Steve attended her funeral in Captain America: Civil War

The 2015-2016 ABC series Agent Carter showed us Peggy’s adventures as a secret agent post-World War II. The show was well-received by critics, but low ratings couldn’t justify it continuing beyond two seasons. Marvel seemed to want to continue with the Carter family in the movies, introducing Peggy’s niece Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) in Winter Soldier. However, her character disappeared after Civil War. That seemed to be it for the Carters.

What if Peggy Carter came back?

However, Marvel delighted Peggy’s fans by announcing the character would return in What If…?, a series that asks how Marvel stories would play out if history had been a bit different. The Peggy Carter episode asks “What if Peggy Carter had taken the super serum instead of Steve Rogers?”

The answer is that Peggy would have become Captain Britain. One can only wonder if Agent Carter might have lasted longer if it did its own “what if” and had a Captain Britain storyline. We’ll never know, but if Peggy Carter had to disappear, Atwell thought she got a good wrap-up in Endgame

“I thought it was a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. I thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time. I thought it was quite beautiful and very tasteful of Marvel to finish this 10-year story in a very simple storyline about two human beings — and one of them doesn’t even have any superpowers,” said Atwell to SyFy Wire. “So, I thought the tone of it, to end there, after some extraordinary things of trauma, action, effects and powers… to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful.”

What else of ‘What If…?’

Marvel’s What If…?  will be a milestone of sorts. Marvel cartoons have been around almost as long as the comic books, but What If…? will be the first Marvel Studios product to be fully animated. The series will use CG animation but will be shaded in such a way as to make it appear flat, according to Screen Rant. 

Other MCU vets will return to voice their characters, including Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Josh Brolin as Thanos, and Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. The series will premiere on Disney+ in 2021.