Hayley Atwell, amidst promoting her recent film Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One, a global hit among fans and critics, has voiced her frustration about her cameo in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’ The actress, who recently joined the Tom Cruise-led franchise, is being lauded for her role and her performance in the iconic chase sequences and stunts. Yet, before this new role, Atwell was known to Marvel fans as Peggy Carter, a role she held for over a decade. Despite a satisfying reunion of Steve and Peggy in Avengers: Endgame marking the conclusion of the Infinity Saga, Atwell’s subsequent Marvel appearances left her feeling dissatisfied.
Atwell’s first portrayal of Peggy was in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Her character appeared many times throughout the Infinity Saga, including in the standalone series Agent Carter. After Endgame, she returned to the Marvel scene in the What If…? animated series as Captain Carter and revived the character in live-action for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where she was part of the ill-fated Illuminati, decimated by Wanda.
Expressing her feelings about her cameo in Multiverse of Madness during a chat with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Atwell said, “‘That wasn’t my choice!'” She continued, “When she said, ‘I could do this all day’ and then she’s immediately cut in half by a frisbee. The audience’s reaction was like, ‘She can’t do it all day. Apparently you can’t, so, egg on your face,’ and that didn’t really favor Peggy much.” She, alongside Elizabeth Olsen, expressed discontent with how their characters were portrayed in Multiverse of Madness.
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Did Hayley Atwell Enjoy Working on What If…? More?
Atwell confessed that she found working on the animated series more enjoyable. “I felt like I had a more substantial role in the What If…? animation series,” she revealed. She further explained, “I mean, any actor would concur, it’s delightful to be able to do an animation in essentially your pajamas and concentrate on using your voice as the primary tool for performance.” In the animated series, Peggy transformed into the super soldier instead of Steve and had a fully developed arc, leading the Guardians of the Multiverse. However, her cameo in Strange, she lamented, was a “disappointing moment.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently streaming on Disney+. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One is in theatres now. Atwell’s full remarks can be found below:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hayley Atwell Doctor Strange Cameo
What movie is Hayley Atwell currently promoting?
Hayley Atwell is currently promoting her new movie, Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.
What is Hayley Atwell’s complaint about her cameo in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’?
Hayley Atwell has expressed her dissatisfaction over her cameo in ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’ She feels her character, Peggy Carter, was not portrayed well in the movie.
Which animated series does Hayley Atwell say she enjoyed working on?
Hayley Atwell has stated that she enjoyed working on the animated series ‘What If…?’ because she had a more substantial role in it and it was fun to concentrate on using her voice for performance.
How was Peggy Carter portrayed in the animated series ‘What If…?’?
In the animated series ‘What If…?’, Peggy Carter becomes the super soldier instead of Steve Rogers and has a fully developed story arc, leading the Guardians of the Multiverse.
Where can ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ and ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ be watched?
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ is available for streaming on Disney+. ‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One’ is currently in theatres.