Hayley Atwell has already said she’d be more than willing to return to the small screen to play Peggy Carter again, but now we might know who to blame when it came to the cancellation of that show after only two short seasons. Atwell was recently interviewed by The AV Club while doing promotional work for her new BBC show Howards End. Atwell put the blame for the cancellation of Agent Carter on the feet of ABC and not Marvel.
Yeah. It’s a shame the network canceled it and wanted to put me in something more mainstream. You know, Marvel didn’t want it to end. There’s lots of online campaigns to bring her back. Fans loved her. I think it was just a network economical thing: “Let’s put Hayley Atwell in something more mainstream that’s less genre-specific and see if we can get higher ratings.” And unfortunately, that isn’t, as an actor, anything I’ve got control over.
The “more mainstream” show Atwell is talking about was called Conviction and it didn’t even make it a full season before it was cancelled. Atwell was also asked about returning to the role in perhaps a movie, and she reiterated that she would love to return and how much she adores the people in charge at Marvel.
Yeah, I mean, I really love the people that I work with in Marvel. I’ve known Louis D’Esposito for eight years now, and Kevin Feige; they’re really good fun, and they’re good guys. And it’s a franchise that works because it has that tongue-in-cheek element to it that I think Joss Whedon also brought in. When I kind of look at anything now, I look at it in terms of the genre and the context and who its audience is. And I feel that Marvel have their winning formula at the moment of creating superhero genre that everyone wants to see. And Peggy’s such a lovely character. I am kind of playing her with my eyes closed, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t play her again, because I like what she puts out into the world.
Atwell went on to say how much it means to her when people come up to her at conventions and say how inspirational they find Peggy Carter. She’s a woman who doesn’t have any super powers, but she’s a hero in her own right.
Although, it’s not necessarily high brow, we’re not talking Shakespeare here, I’ve met girls at conventions who say they’re proud of having a strong woman to look up to, who doesn’t have any super powers, who uses her intelligence and her wit to fight the bad guys—and she also likes other women. They’ve really enjoyed that. They’ve projected onto her as a symbol for some positive things. And that’s really lovely, that’s really nice to know that part of the work that you’ve done is in someway, hopefully, in a very, very small way, contributed to someone having a good time for an afternoon.
As previously stated, Marvel is part of the new streaming service that Disney is making, and a third season of Agent Carter would be an easy way to pull in fans and generate a lot of buzz. Fingers crossed.