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Hayley Atwell Knows You're Freaking Out About That Peggy Carter Moment In The Avengers: Endgame Trailer, And She Has Answers

Looks like Steve and Peggy aren't done breaking your heart yet.

Peggy Carter has always been the best female character in the MCU (not that it’s a deep field) and so much more than Captain America’s tough, classy wartime love interest.

Yes, their love story is devastating (THEY NEVER EVEN DANCED IRL and I will NEVER GET OVER IT) but there’s a reason Hayley Atwell got Peggy two seasons of her own, criminally underrated TV show.

Peggy’s actually an enormously influential figure in the MCU. Not only did she and Howard Stark co-found S.H.I.E.L.D. and lead it through the Cold War, her memory is what led Steve Rogers to oppose the Sokovia Accords, setting the stage for Civil War. And he may have pashed her bland great-niece Sharon, but we all know he’s still pining for her.

So when he flipped open his compass to gaze yearningly at her photo in the Avengers: Endgame trailer – giving Peggy almost as much screen time as Bruce Banner and Hawkeye – fans went a little crazy predicting a Steve/Peggy reunion.

Welp, Steve and Peggy aren’t done breaking your heart.

In an interview with UK outlet Metro, Atwell seems to confirm she wasn’t involved in Endgame.

“They would have wrapped on the last one. That’s the end of an era for that part of the franchise,” she says, musing on how much she still appreciates her most famous role.

“I catch wind of [the fan theories] a little, but I know there is a lot of good will for [Peggy].”

“She’s not oversexualised, I think she’s quite wholesome and I think she’s intelligent and dignified and lots of men and women have latched onto her in such a positive way that she’s a positive contribution to that world.”

She’s whip-smart, brave and dryly funny; she can take down an entire diner full of agents on her own, defuse a bomb in her bathroom with a perfume atomiser, and values her friendships and her honour above everything else.

And she saw Steve for who he was even before he got those mesmerising pecs.

Atwell’s comments are cryptic enough not to be a straight denial, but with Endgame all but confirmed to be Chris Evans’ last run as Cap, fans are still stressing that they’ll never get closure, and Steve and Peggy will never get the happy ending they deserved.

There Was Almost An Australian Spider-Man In Into The Spider-Verse, But Let's Not Wonder Which Of Our Horrifying Eight-Legged Freaks Bit Him

"Name's Poida."

There are a ridiculous number of Spider-Men, Spider-Gwens and Spider-Things in Into The Spider-Verse. There’s our starter Spidey, Miles Morales but also a slightly grizzled Peter Parker from the next continuity over (New Girl’s Jake Johnson), a spider-powered Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) who is from the Marvel world’s version of a Bojack Horseman-style anthropomorphised-animal universe, a noir version voiced by Nic Cage…

And they all combine to make Spider-Verse one of the surprise hits of the year, both critically acclaimed and smashing it at the box office.

But one of the directors, Rodney Rothman, told CinemaBlend that there was one version we didn’t get to see: Australian Spider-Man.

Spider-Mate was supposed to be the warning sign that things weren’t all peachy in the multi-verse, according to Rothman:

“We created an Australian Spider-Man. He showed up with the other Spiders, and he said he was 24 hours ahead, and then he glitched to death. So everyone was going to be like, ‘Oh, it’s going to be 24 hours.’ That was the official ticking clock.”

Never mind that we’re not a full 24 hours ahead of New York, where all the other Spideys live because everyone in Hollywood treats Australia like we’re a mythical otherworld anyway.

Sadly, the addition to the script came too late in the production process, and Rothman sheepishly cut him again.

Let us mourn the Poida Pahka that could have been – and could have been voiced by national treasure Eric Bana, with audible mullet.

We’re well overdue for some Australian Marvel heroes. There are plenty of obscure ones in the comics – from the Indigenous mutants codenamed Manifold and Gateway to cheesy surf-themed Queenslander Slipstream – but after everything we’ve given to the Marvel universe, we’re definitely due for some bigger names.

Where would Marvel movies be without Hugh Jackman’s gruff, box-office-bomb-proof Wolverine keeping the Fox X-verse fun for fifteen years? Without the angel-pirate Thor encapsulated in Chris Hemsworth’s perfect genes?

Hell, between Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Ben Mendelsohn in the upcoming Captain Marvel, we’re giving the MCU all their best villains, too.

We demand proper representation. We demand that the in-the-works sequel brings us Spider-Bloke, complete with an appropriately horrifying origin story about how he was overrun by the irradiated escapees of Taronga Zoo’s arachnid enclosure, and a scene where he teaches Deadpool the phrase “not here to f**k spiders”.

A Potential Black Widow Director Says Marvel Told Her They'd "Take Care Of" Action Scenes So She Could Focus On All The Lady Emotions

Pfft, kickpunching isn't for GIRLS, silly!

While it’s taken nearly 20 movies to get a couple with female leads, Marvel has finally locked down a couple for the next phase of the MCU.

Captain Marvel is due in March (and looks AMAZING), Evangeline Lilly’s Wasp got equal billing in the second Ant-Man movie, and after eight thankless years of being underused in every single movie except The Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow finally has a standalone movie in development.

Marvel insisted from early in the process that the film should be directed by a  woman, and Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel – whose historical epic Zama is being hailed as one of the best Spanish language films in years – was one of the 70 or so candidates they met with.

But it sounds like they could have handled it a little better.

“What they told me in the meeting was ‘we need a female director because we need someone who is mostly concerned with the development of Scarlett Johansson’s character,’” she said at a film festival panel in Mumbai earlier this year.

Weird to suggest a male director would be incapable of directing a film where Scarlett Johansson’s character is developed.

And then she goes on:

“They also told me ‘don’t worry about the action scenes, we will take care of that.’”

“I was thinking, well I would love to meet Scarlett Johansson but also I would love to make the action sequences.”

“Companies are interested in female filmmakers but they still think action scenes are for male directors.”

Women simply aren’t given enough shots to direct at all, let alone chances to take on major studio projects like an MCU film – but execs are happy to take a punt on someone like Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow to go straight from no-budget indie to studio blockbuster.

The numbers speak for themselves: Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is still the only woman to direct a major superhero movie.

Me, riding into the conversation armed with Wonder Woman’s box office figures.

Incredible action directors like Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break, The Hurt Locker), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Aeon Flux), and Michelle McLaren (The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones) apparently still have some proving-themselves to do.

Aussie director Cate Shortland ended up being tapped to take on Black Widow. We’ll just have to wait to find out whether she’s allowed to direct her own action scenes.

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