During Marvel’s bombshell press event, in which studio head Kevin Feige unveiled massive plans for Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Black Panther and Inhumans, one project that was only fleetingly acknowledged was next year’s Ant-Man. Helmer Edgar Wright’s conspicuous and controversial exit from the film gave it some unfortunate bad press off the bat, and replacement Peyton Reed hasn’t exactly instilled confidence in a fanbase that has come to expect great things from every Marvel movie. However, one recent Ant-Man scoop should give Marvel aficionados another reason to look forward to the film – it’s been revealed that Hayley Atwell will be reprising the role of Peggy Carter in the flick.
Atwell first played heroine Peggy Carter, a British spy, in the WWII-set Captain America: The First Avenger, where she made a big impression as a gutsy and adept action hero more than capable of fighting by Cap’s side. Such was the popularity of the character that, despite the MCU moving out of her time period by The First Avenger‘s end, Marvel granted the character her own Marvel One-Shot, cameo appearances in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and, most excitingly, an upcoming eight-episode ABC series titled Agent Carter. Now, it looks like she’ll be popping up in Ant-Man too.
A casting call recently went out for body doubles and stand-ins on the film’s Atlanta set, and one of the job postings was quite revealing:
“NLC is searching for an experienced stand in for Haley Atwell. She is 31, 5’7″, 112 lbs. This will work in November on a Sunday. Please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with your headshot, age, height, weight and sizes. Must have experience. Thanks.”
It was rumored back in August that Carter, along with past Marvel characters including Armin Zola (Toby Jones), Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and a young Alexander Pierce (played by Robert Redford in The Winter Soldier) would appear during a prologue scene in Ant-Man, during which inventor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) would meet with S.H.I.E.L.D. to discuss the Ant-Man technology. However, the script has been extensively rewritten since then, so it’s entirely possible that Carter’s appearance will be elsewhere.
All will be revealed when Ant-Man opens July 17th next year. First though, audiences can look forward to seeing Atwell’s Carter both on the small screen with Agent Carter and in theaters when she cameos in next May’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.