Sometimes life in the superhero universe just isn’t fair. Like when your superhero boyfriend jumps a few decades into the future, you don’t always get to follow.
Such is the case for Hayley Atwell, who played nurse Peggy Carter in “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Though it had been rumored that she would appear in the upcoming sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” possibly as Sharon Carter, Peggy’s niece and Captain America’s future love interest, now Atwell has confirmed that she will not be in the movie. An interview in Timeout with Atwell about the miniseries “Restless” mentions her success in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” followed by the throwaway line “She won’t, she confirms, be back for the latter’s sequel, which moves the action into the present day,”
So that means that the role of Sharon Carter will be played by a newcomer. This had been a possibility; as noted above, some people had suspected that Atwell would play Sharon, but others had thought there would be some time travel crossover with Atwell appearing as Peggy and someone else as Sharon.
Names rumored for the role of Sharon Carter have included Jessica Brown Findlay, Emilia Clarke, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, and Alison Brie. No word yet on whether that list has been narrowed down.
Anthony and Joe Russo will direct “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Chris Evans returns as Captain America/Steve Rogers, as does Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. Newcomers include Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon and Frank Grillo as Crossbones. Members of the Avengers family also will appear–Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.