Peggy Carter

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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 (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
In-story information
Full name Margaret "Peggy" Carter
Supporting character of Captain America

Margaret "Peggy" Carter is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is usually depicted 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 Steve Rogers in flashback sequences. She would later be better known as a relative of Captain America's modern-day significant other Sharon Carter.

Hayley Atwell portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger, and continuing in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the television series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel's Agent Carter, and the 2015 films Avengers: Age of Ultron and 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 fighter, 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.[5]

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, whom Captain America saves her from.[6]

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.[7]
  • On Earth-65, Peggy Carter is the long-lived director of S.H.I.E.L.D., much like Nick Fury in the primary universe. She also sports an eye patch similar to the one worn by Fury.[8]

In other media[edit]


  • Peggy Carter appears in the Captain America segment of The Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Peg Dixon.
  • Hayley Atwell portrayed Peggy Carter for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She appears in the second-season premiere episode "Shadows" where she and the SSR raid a Hydra facility and arrest Daniel Whitehall and Hydra Agents.[9] Carter later appeared in the episode "The Things We Bury" where a flashback shows her interrogating Whitehall. In the season three episode "Emancipation", which occurs during the events of Captain America: Civil War, a newspaper headline is shown that says Agent Carter has died at the age of 95.
  • Hayley Atwell starred as Peggy Carter in the series Agent Carter.[10] Set in the immediate post-war years following the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, the series depicts Carter's advancement from routine office work to a position as a celebrated and well-respected agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve. In addition, she works with Howard Stark's butler Edwin Jarvis to uncover his framing at the hands of Leviathan. The series aired from January 6, 2015, until March 1, 2016.
  • Peggy Carter is featured in Avengers Assemble. She is alluded in Avengers: Ultron Revolution. Hayley Atwell will voice the character in the Avengers: Secret Wars episode "New Year's Resolution."[11][12] After arresting Doctor Faustus back in 1949 on New Years' Eve, Peggy Carter and Howard Stark are attacked by Kang the Conqueror's robots disguised as Hydra agents and brought to the present as part of Kang the Conqueror's plot to eliminate Howard Stark so that his enemy Iron Man 2020 doesn't exist. Captain America and Iron Man help to defeat Kang the Conqueror and return Peggy and Howard back to 1949.


Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger

Peggy Carter is portrayed by Hayley Atwell in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This version is depicted as a British agent rather than an American.

  • The character first appears in the 2011 film Captain America: The First Avenger.[13] 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."[14] Roger Ebert felt that she resembled "a classic military pin-up of the period" with her depicted "full red lips" of the film.[15]
  • She then appears 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,[16] and dealing with the sexism of the period.[17]
  • She appears in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[16][18] Set in the present day, CGI was used to make the character appear in her 90s. Steve Rogers visits her in the retirement home where she is living.[19]
  • She appears in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron in Steve Rogers's 1940s hallucination caused by the Scarlet Witch's powers.[20]
  • She makes a cameo appearance in the 2015 film Ant-Man. She is featured in a 1989 opening teaser, aged in her late 60s, when Hank Pym resigns from S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that Mitchell Carson was trying to replicate Pym's shrinking formula without consent.
  • In the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, she dies in her sleep off-screen. Rogers serves as one of the pallbearers at her funeral, where he learns that Sharon Carter happens to be her great-niece.[21]

Video games[edit]

  • Peggy Carter appears in Captain America: Super Soldier, voiced by Hayley Atwell.[22]
  • Peggy Carter appears in Lego Marvel's Avengers, with Hayley Atwell reprising the role.
  • Peggy Carter appears in Marvel Puzzle Quest.
    • A version of Peggy Carter as an alternate version of Captain America appears as a playable character; Part of the 75th Anniversary of Captain America Promos.[23]
    • The Exiles version of Peggy Carter as Captain America also appears.[24]

See also[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. ^ Tales of Suspense #77
  6. ^ Captain America #161-162
  7. ^ Captain America vol. 5 #10 (Oct. 2005). Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ Spider-Gwen #2
  9. ^ "Learn How Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Begins Its Second Season". September 8, 2014. Archived from the original on September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Awesome, Amy (October 8, 2016). "Hayley Atwell Returning As Agent Carter". Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "New Year's Resolution". Avengers Assemble. Season 4. Episode 14. December 3, 2017. Disney XD. 
  13. ^ "Captain America Movie: Peggy Carter Cast". Marvel Comics. 2010-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-26. 
  14. ^ Lemire, Christy (27 July 2011). "Movie review: "Captain America" is solid, fun". Mirrored archive of Associated Press. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Ebert, Roger (20 July 2011). "Captain America: The First Avenger review by Roger Ebert". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ "Captain America: The Winter Soldier Begins Filming". Marvel Comics. April 8, 2013.
  19. ^ 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. 
  20. ^ 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 18, 2014. Retrieved April 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Romano, Nick. "The First Captain America: Civil War Death Has Already Been Leaked". CinemaBlend. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kevin Kelly (July 27, 2011). "Captain America: Super Soldier Review - Xbox 360". G4. Retrieved 2014-12-09. 
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