You can go ahead and cross Hayley Atwell off Marvel’s guestlist for Avengers 4.
That’s according to the actress herself, who took part in the Variety Autocomplete Interview with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) to promote her role in Goodbye Christopher Robin, the live-action Winnie the Pooh movie which attempts to take a leaf out of Paddington‘s book with its warm and fuzzy family yarn.
For Atwell, though, it’s looking increasingly likely that her Peggy Carter won’t be appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, after she admitted that Marvel Studios is yet to contact her about Avengers 4 and is unlikely to do so now that the MCU sequel has entered post-production (albeit with some additional photography and pick-ups still to come).
Asked straight-up if she’s involved in Avengers 4, the actress replied:
Not that I know of.
Short and sweet, then. But this should put to bed any rumors or Internet scuttlebutt linking Agent Carter with next year’s Marvel blockbuster. Couple this with the spinoff TV series, which was pulled off the airwaves after only two seasons, and Hayley Atwell’s time working in the Marvel universe may already be over.
That’s disappointing, then, especially when you consider that the Agent Carter series scored such high reviews before ABC decided to cancel its MCU prequel, leaving the fate of Atwell’s beloved agent up in the air.
This would also rule out any potential flashback scene to MCU past – like, say, one of Captain America returning to the US of A during Avengers 4 as part of some alternate timeline – but then again, we’ve been fooled by Marvel’s cast before.
Whatever the case, Avengers 4 opens big on May 3rd – with or without Hayley Atwell in its midst.