Ah, young love– there’s nothing like it. Especially when one of the lovers is actually a 100 year old superhero and the other is the great-niece of that centenarian’s former flame.

At the recent Dallas Con Fan Expo, Hayley Atwell, who played Peggy Carter in several Marvel films and the eponymous ABC TV show, took to the stage to discuss her experience as a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  During the panel, she was asked how her character would feel about the not-at-all-awkward kiss Peggy’s grand-niece Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) shared with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) during Captain America: Civil War, considering Peggy herself had had a fling with Steve in the 1940s.

As reported by IGN:

“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.”

Atwell continued “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!”

There you have it.  Vindication.

Carter also took the time to weigh in on the HYDRA-Cap controversy:

And now with this whole ‘Hail Hydra” business, I don’t know if Steve’s good enough for her,” she said, referring to the new controversial Cap arc from the comics. “So on all levels, it’s just a big fat no.”

Pictured: Peggy rising from the grave to take her vengeance upon Sharon for “tap[ping] that.”


  1. I wasn’t bothered by the kiss in the film. Oh, it was stupid and had absolutely zero buildup or development, but it was only one of the many stupid, stupid things in that film.

  2. One thing no one can deny: the scene was true to the context of comics’ intro of Sharon Carter. She existed to displace Peggy Carter– who as I recall appeared for the first time in a TALES OF SUSPENSE story– and to give Cap a new romance who just happened to look like his last one.

    Always thought it a little suspicious that Sharon and Peggy were “sisters.” Really? Peggy’s in her presumptive 20s in `1945, and so is Sharon in 1965. There’s a familial relationship that would be more believable as to the age-difference, but it’s probably fortunate that Lee and Kirby didn’t go there…

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