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Hayley Atwell Thought Peggy Carter’s Ending Was ‘Fitting’ in Avengers: Endgame

August 17, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Hayley Atwell

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hayley Atwell spoke about the ending to Avengers: Endgame for Captain America and Peggy Carter, which she said was ‘fitting’ for both characters. Here are highlights:

On the ending for Cap and Peggy: “I thought it was a fitting end to a story that has affected so many people. I thought it was very endearing, innocent and wholesome in the way that it keeps those characters in their time. I thought it was quite beautiful and very tasteful of Marvel to finish this 10-year story in a very simple storyline about two human beings — and one of them doesn’t even have any superpowers. So, I thought the tone of it, to end there, after some extraordinary things of trauma, action, effects and powers… to just have two people slow-dancing was very beautiful.”

On finding out her shot was the last one in Endgame: “I think we shot that maybe two years ago. So, it was maybe a few weeks before then that I got the call saying, “We’re thinking about this… What do you think about it? It might end the whole franchise.” Then, it was an afternoon of filming about two years ago.”

On if more material was shot that didn’t make the cut: “No, we filmed just those two things. You see me through the office blinds, and then that scene with the slow-dancing. Those were the two that I was always intended to film.”

On appearing in Marvel’s What If: “It kind of slipped on. What’s remarkable is that this is a couple of work days for me. I’ll do half an afternoon on Endgame, or then you’re in the studio for a couple of hours on What If…? Because so many fans love this franchise, it’s so much bigger than the time that affected my actual life, which is a remarkable thing. So, it just means that I can’t really remember the details of when exactly it was, but I want to say a few months, maybe.”

On if she feels fulfilled with the character: “Oh, yeah! I feel really fulfilled. It was a great time, and I think they ended it beautifully with Endgame. It feels like a fitting end to that narrative. I’m a classically trained theater actor so I want a stab at the challenging parts in the canon for theatrical actresses. That’s something that I’ve always aspired towards. So, I feel lucky to have played her, but she’s one aspect of my career. She’s one part that I’ve played. With every job that I’ve done, I’ve taken the job because I’ve seen something within the character that I’d love to explore or try and be challenged by. With a leading part, it requires a lot of my focus and passion, but it’s the same focus and passion whether it’s Peggy Carter or it’s Rebecca West in Rosmersholm on stage, which I just finished. It’s the same curiosity to see what each character’s world is.”

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