Hayley Atwell Says Peggy Carter Would NOT Approve of Steve and Sharon’s Relationship

By June 6, 2016

Out of all of its many, many game-changing moments, one of the subtler developments made in Captain America: Civil War, was the continuation and eventual realization of Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter’s relationship onscreen, which also brought about one of the film’s funniest moments as well, I might add. Though, to say that the kiss has been met with somewhat lukewarm receptions would probably be an understatement.

Here’s the deal: no matter which way you cut it, and yes, I realize it happens in the comics, Steve Rogers dating the niece of the love of his life from the 1940s, is really, really weird, and does feel a bit too taboo for its own good.

Looks like some of you aren’t the only ones who think so either, as Agent Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, shared a similar discomfort with the relationship while recently speaking with IGN:

“Well, first of all she’d be turning over in her grave. 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!”

Whether you’re a fan of the relationship or not, I think it’s pretty clear that Atwell’s got some legitimate points here. I mean, Peggy did just die when Steve and Sharon finally kiss in the film, and while I’m all for the moment, just for Sam and Bucky’s bro nods afterwards, it’s hard not to recognize the weird and slightly uncomfortable attraction between the two characters. No matter how well both Chris Evans and Emily VanCamp play it all onscreen.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Student of Alchemy

    I’d agree, except that there was already chemistry before Steve knew who she was, either who she worked for or who her family was. It’s also true to the comics, which is a lesser concern to how it works for the characters.