Between the apparent breakup of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, Jane Foster not returning in the third Thor film, and whatever happened between Natasha Romanov and Bruce Banner, the Avengers do not have a great relationship track record. However, few are quite as tragic as Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter. After fighting in the trenches and falling in love in Captain America: The First Avenger, the almost-lovers were separated by a plane crash and decades of Cap being stuck in ice. While the two were reunited in The Winter Soldier, things could never be the same, Peggy having lived an entire lifetime and Steve finally beginning his.
While fans loved many aspects of Captain America: Civil War, many were not in favor of the awkward romance foisted upon Cap in the form of Peggy’s grandniece, Sharon Carter. Despite eliciting an incredible bro-nod from Falcon and Bucky, the chemistry free flirting and kiss felt forced and out of place. Maybe Marvel should give Cap a boyfriend. Plus, Peggy had just died. Anyway, count Hayley Atwell, Peggy Carter herself, amongst those who felt that Peggy would be unimpressed by these recent developments. In an interview with IGN, Atwell weighed in on Steve’s new flame.
“Well, first of all she’d be turning over in her grave,” Atwell said, with a grin. “She’d be like ‘no.’ And she’d inject herself with the blue serum and become a super villain. She’d break out of her coffin and ground [Sharon]. She’d ground her. Then she’d kick Steve’s ass as well.”
“I just feel that, you know — I wouldn’t want to date my great aunt’s guy. It just feels like it crosses an incestuous boundary. And Peggy just died. That’s even more disrespectful, right? It’s like, ‘don’t touch that.’ You can’t tap that!”
To her credit, Atwell also said that in the wake of Captain America’s apparent (but probably explainable) ties to HYDRA, he might not be the man for the next generation of Carters.