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.