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4. HAYLEY ATWELL AS PEGGY CARTER IN 'CAPTAIN AMERICA' (2012), 'MARVEL ONE SHOT: AGENT CARTER' – SHORT (2013), AND 'CAPTAIN AMERICA 2: WINTER SOLDIER' (2014)
People are fanatical about this character and I don’t really blame them. Atwell absolutely owns the Peggy Carter role and she gets to do it in awesome period fashion. But I don’t think it’s an accident that people have attached themselves so rabidly to Agent Carter, she IS at this moment the only woman on this list with anything named after her. Sure it was a digital short and it’s not lead to a film but a television series, but I think it’s as much a testament to the desperation of fans for a leading lady as it is of Atwell’s Carter being a great character. I’m not saying we’d support something crappy just because we’re desperate, but just that our death grip on the delicious thing we’ve been given is even more intense for fear it’s going to be taken from us, and because we’re simply STARVING for it.
Atwell plays Carter perfectly in her film roles, staying firmly entrenched in a supporting role but unwilling to be anything as flimsy as just a love interest, she’s wonderfully capable, and badass in a way appropriate to the time period. In her digital one-shot short she steps into the lead as naturally as if she’d been born for it. Let’s hope she can do the same for the TV series.