by Ryan Rigley
Last week, Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D'Esposito had an in-depth conversation with Collider about his new short, "Agent Carter," which will be appearing on the upcoming "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray. "What we've discussed is that there are going to be more Peggy Carter stories that we need to tell," D'Esposito explains. "What we'll do and how we'll do it has not been determined yet, but those discussions have started. It's in our consciousness that we need to tell another Peggy Carter story, somehow. Yet to be figured out yet, though."
All this talk of another Peggy Carter short, before the "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray has even been released, has us here at Splash Page extremely excited for D'Esposito's "Agent Carter" short. So much so, that we've decided to come up with a list of ideas for five more shorts starring Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter!
Before she was batting eyelashes at Captain America, Peggy was a top espionage operative known only as Agent 13. Born the daughter of two wealthy Virginians, she was brought up with the sole purpose of ending the Nazi regime. This short would showcase even more of Atwell's hand-to-hand prowess, but also serve as a sort of origin story for Peggy Carter.
Peggy Carter, Avenger
In the comic books, Peggy Carter is actually a "member" of the Avengers for a time—and by "member" I mean that she was an Avengers staff member, as in she did all of their paperwork. Yes, this wouldn't work within the Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline—not to mention the fact that Peggy's fans want to see her kick ass and not push papers. But a new One-Shot short could take on a more comedic tone and position a 1950s Peggy opposite some proto-Avengers heavy-hitters, showcasing the super people behind the superheroes—much like the world that exists in the upcoming "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."
As an older woman, Peggy Carter begins to suffer from a severe case of amnesia. Desperate for a cure, she turns to a supervillain named Doctor Faustus who claims that he can help her recollect her lost memories. Of course, being a supervillain and all, the treatment turns out to be one big ploy to destroy Captain America, toying with Peggy's mind and kidnapping her younger sister, Sharon. While getting Captain America himself—Chris Evans—on board for a One-Shot might prove tough, this could be a great way to give Emily VanCamp's Sharon Carter a spotlight outside of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Plus, it'd be great to have Sharon Carter save the elderly Peggy instead, proving that damsels can be both in distress and do the rescuing.
Wrath of the Red Skull
During her time as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Peggy becomes romantically involved with a fellow agent named Gabe Jones. The catch? Gabe Jones is an African American. Their relationship was actually one of the first prominent interracial relationships in the Marvel universe, catching the attention of the Nazi-minded Red Skull who, of course, didn't like the progressive relationship. Actor Derek Luke portrayed Jones in "Captain America: The First Avenger," who—alongside the rest of the Howling Commandos—didn't get nearly enough screentime. Bring Luke back on board as Gabe Jones and do a spy romance short, focusing on Peggy moving on from Steve and learning to love again.
Steve Rogers Reunion
There's a deleted scene on the "Avengers" Blu-ray that shows Captain America discovering that his long, lost love, Peggy, is still alive via secret S.H.I.E.L.D. files. In the actual scene, Cap contemplates calling Peggy but ultimately decides against it. This short, however, would be the complete opposite scenario—with a misplaced-in-time Captain America paying an elderly Peggy Carter a visit for the first time in several decades, spurring forgotten feelings and sentimental tears.
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