Peggy Carter

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Margaret "Peggy" Carter
Peggy Carter with Captain America in Tales of Suspense #77 (May 1966). Art by Jack Kirby (layouts), John Romita Sr. (penciling) and Frank Giacoia (inking)
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Tales of Suspense #77 (May 1966).
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Full name Margaret "Peggy" Carter
Supporting character of Captain America

Margaret "Peggy" Carter is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as a supporting character in books featuring Captain America. Created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, she first appeared in Tales of Suspense #77 as a World War II love interest of Captain America in flashback sequences. She would later be better known as a relative of Captain America's modern-day on and off love interest, Sharon Carter. Peggy Carter, portrayed by Hayley Atwell, plays a more prominent role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe series of feature films, beginning with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger, and continuing in the tie-in video game Captain America: Super Soldier; a Marvel One Shot short film; the 2014 feature-film sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the television series Marvel's Agent Carter, the 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most recently the 2015 film Ant-Man.

Publication history[edit]

The character first appeared, unnamed, as a wartime love interest of Captain America in Tales of Suspense #75 (single panel) and #77 (May 1966), by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.[1][2] She appeared again as the older sister of Sharon Carter in Captain America #161 (May 1973). She was later retconned as Sharon's aunt due to the unaging nature of comic book characters (see Captain America Vol. 5 #25 (April 2007)). The character has appeared frequently in Captain America stories set during World War II.[citation needed]

An unnamed blonde British agent Agent Zero was rescued from Berlin by the Young Allies after her capture by the Red Skull and then joins up with Captain America in Young Allies #1 (Summer 1941).[3]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Peggy Carter joins the French Resistance as a teenager, and becomes a skilled gun user who serves on several operations alongside Captain America.[4] The two fall in love, but an exploding shell gives her amnesia, and she is sent to live with her parents in Virginia.[volume & issue needed]

With Captain America thought dead, she lives a quiet life for many years. After Captain America reemerges in the present-day, unaged after having been in suspended animation, Carter encounters the villain Doctor Faustus, from whom Captain America saves her.[volume & issue needed]

Other versions[edit]

In the alternate reality created by in the 2005 "House of M" storyline, Captain America is never frozen in the Arctic, and instead marries Peggy shortly after World War II ends.[5]

In other media[edit]


Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • Peggy Carter makes her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe where she is portrayed by Hayley Atwell. This version is depicted as a British agent rather than an American.
    • Peggy Carter first appears in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.[6] Christy Lemire of the Associated Press said, "Atwell’s gorgeous looks make her a great fit for the part, but her character is better developed than you might imagine; she’s no damsel in distress, waiting for Captain America to save her, but rather a trained fighter who is very much his equal."[7] Roger Ebert felt that she resembled "a classic military pin-up of the period" with her depicted "full red lips" of the film.[8]
    • Atwell reprised her role as Carter in the Marvel One-Shot short film Agent Carter, which was packaged with the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray disc. The film takes place one year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, and features Carter as a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, searching for the mysterious Zodiac,[9] and dealing with the sexism of the period.[10]
    • Atwell reprises the role in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[9][11] Set in the present day, CGI was used to make Atwell appear as an elderly woman. Captain America visits her in the retirement home that she is currently living in.[12]
    • Atwell appeared again in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron. She was seen in a 1940s flashback hallucination in Steve Rogers' mind which was caused by Scarlet Witch's powers.[13]
    • Atwell reprises the role of Peggy Carter in the 2015 film Ant-Man. She was featured in a 1989 flashback which showed Hank Pym resigning from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that the organization was trying to replicate the Pym Particle without his consent.


  • Atwell portrayed Peggy Carter for the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe). She appears in the premiere episode "Shadows" where she and the SSR raid a Hydra facility and arrest Daniel Whitehall and the Hydra Agents with him.[6] Peggy Carter later appeared in the episode "The Things We Bury" where a flashback shows her interrogating Whitehall.
  • Atwell stars in the series Agent Carter (which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe).[14] In the series set in 1946 following the events in Captain America: The First Avenger, Carter must balance the routine office work she does for the Strategic Scientific Reserve while secretly assisting Howard Stark, who finds himself framed for supplying deadly weapons to the top bidder. Carter is assisted by Stark's butler Edwin Jarvis (who would later be the inspiration for Tony Stark's A.I. system J.A.R.V.I.S.) to find those responsible and dispose of the weapons which leads to the mysterious organization Leviathan.

Video game[edit]


  1. ^ "Peggy Carter". IGN. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "If a Hostage Should Die!", Tales of Suspense #77 (May 1966) at the Grand Comics Database
  3. ^ Reprinted in Captain America: Forever Allies, 2011, New York, Marvel Comics.
  4. ^ Catherine Saunders, Heather Scott, Julia March, and Alastair Dougall, editors, 2008, Marvel Chronicle: A year by Year History, London: Dorling Kindersley, p. 115; ISBN 978-1-4093-8399-4.
  5. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #10 (Oct. 2005). Marvel Comics.
  6. ^ a b "Captain America Movie: Peggy Carter Cast". Marvel Comics. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  7. ^ Lemire, Christy (27 July 2011). "Movie review: "Captain America" is solid, fun". Mirrored archive of Associated Press. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (20 July 2011). "Captain America: The First Avenger review by Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Breznican, Anthony (July 11, 2013). "'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' -- First Look at poster and three photos from the new short!". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Breznican, Anthony (11 July 2013). "'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' --First Look at poster and three photos from the new short! (Part 3)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Captain America: The Winter Soldier Begins Filming". Marvel Comics. April 8, 2013.
  12. ^ Failes, Ian (May 1, 2014). "Captain America: The Winter Soldier – reaching new heights". Fxguide. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  13. ^ Flint, Hanna (April 14, 2014). "Captain America star Hayley Atwell, 32, looks cool in ice-white as she leaves Oliviers after-party with model beau Evan Jones, 23". Daily Mail. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (January 17, 2014). "Marvel's 'Agent Carter': Hayley Atwell, Writers, Showrunners Confirmed for ABC Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 10, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Kevin Kelly (July 27, 2011). "Captain America: Super Soldier Review - Xbox 360". G4. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 

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