“I can do this all day.” For fans of the MCU, hearing alt-universe Peggy Carter utter one of Steve Rogers’ most memorable lines in her brief appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a react-out-loud moment. Haley Atwell, who first brought Peggy to life in Captain America: The First Avenger, also recently reacted out loud…except her reaction wasn’t as positive as most in the theater.
In an interview with EW, Atwell described Carter’s appearance in Multiverse of Madness as “a frustrating moment.” Atwell, whose latest film, Mission: Impossible-Dead Reckoning Part One, just hit theaters explained that the brief appearance in the Doctor Strange sequel was not her cup of tea. “I’m like, ‘That wasn’t my choice! When she was like, ‘I could do this all day’ and then followed by she’s immediately cut in half by a frisbee,” said Atwell. “And the audience being like, ‘She can’t do it all day. Apparently you can’t, so, egg on your face.’ That doesn’t really serve Peggy very well.“
Of course that Peggy isn’t THE Peggy, something Atwell certainly knows after having voiced another, other alternate version of the character in Marvel Studios’ first canonical animated adventure, What If…?. According to Atwell, her experience with that project was a little more enjoyable. “I felt like I had much more to do in the What If…? animation series,” explained Atwell. “I mean, any actor will tell you, to be able to go into a booth in effectively your pajamas and do an animation is great fun because you’re focused on the voice as the instrument and your main performative tool.“
With another season of What If…? still on the slate for Marvel Studios and plenty of other adventures left to go in the Multiverse Saga, there will likely be plenty of chances for Atwell to reprise the role of Peggy Carter. Given she’s voiced her displeasure with the particularly bad case of being cut in half the character experienced in Multiverse of Madness, it seems likely her next role will be more well-rounded.