Hayley Atwell is set to play the potential love interest and sassy sidekick to Captain America, and the actress herself gives us a little background on her character Peggy Carter.
io9 quotes Atwell
“I likened her character to that famous Ginger Rogers quote. She can do everything Captain America can do, but backwards and in high heels. She’s an English soldier through and through, although she always looks fabulous. She might stand there with a machine-gun shooting Nazis, but she’s obviously gone to the loo beforehand and applied a bit of lipstick. She doesn’t need to be rescued. That’s exciting to me – her strength.”
I like that her character is looking to be a sassy strong female character instead of just a damsel in distress for Cap to save.
In the comics, Peggy Carter is still alive, though much older. I wonder if Atwell will get made up to be really old as a cameo in The Avengers when Cap is thawed out in modern day.
It was Carter’s stories of Captain America that inspired her great neice to become American Dream, a busty teenage girl version of Cap.