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Peggy Carter
Real Name Margaret Carter
Alias(es) Peggy Carter
Agent 13
Queen Victoria
Ruth Barton
Miss Union Jack
Species Human
Citizenship English/British
Gender Female
Age 94
Date of Birth April 9, 1921
Title(s) Agent of SSR (former)
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (former)
Founder of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Affiliation British Army (former)
Strategic Scientific Reserve (former)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (former)
Movie Captain America: The First Avenger
The Avengers (file) (deleted scene)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Avengers: Age of Ultron (illusion)
Captain America: Civil War (unreleased)
One-Shot Agent Carter
TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2 episodes)
Agent Carter (8 episodes)
Game Captain America: Super Soldier
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Comic Captain America: First Vengeance
Captain America: The First Avenger Adaptation
The Avengers Adaptation (flashback)
Ant-Man Prelude
Portrayed by Hayley Atwell
Status Alive
"The world has changed, and none of us can go back. All we can do is our best, and sometimes, the best that we can do, is to start over."
―Peggy Carter[src]

Margaret "Peggy" Carter was one of the most prominent agents of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) during and after World War II. Originally an officer of the British Armed Forces Special Air Service, at the beginning of the war she joined the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), an Allied deep science agency formed to fight against HYDRA, the Nazi super weapons division. On the undercover mission in Germany she saved Professor Abraham Erskine from the villainous Johann Schmidt. The success of her mission enabled the SSR to start Project Rebirth, an effort to develop the Super Soldier Serum to make an army of Super Soldiers. During the project she met and befriended the frail Steve Rogers, the US Army soldier and one of the project's candidates.

In 1943, after the abrupt end of Project Rebirth and Rogers' transformation into the only Allied Super Soldier, Carter assisted him in becoming the world's first superhero - Captain America, and eventually fell in love with him. After Rogers' disappearance in 1945, she continued the SSR's fight against HYDRA, capturing the last high-ranking HYDRA officer Werner Reinhardt, and continuing her service in the SSR once the War ended.

As an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Carter helped former colleague Howard Stark clear his name when he was accused of being a traitor, and later helped Stark found the new peacekeeping organization, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better known by its acronym S.H.I.E.L.D.. She eventually married a former Allied soldier and became a mother of two children, though she would continue her service in S.H.I.E.L.D. during the turbulent years of the Cold War.


Early Life and Military Career

Margaret "Peggy" Carter was born to Harrison and Amanda Carter on Wednesday, April 9, 1921, in London, England. She received her education from St Martin-In-The-Fields High School for Girls.[1]

By 1939, Carter was a member of the British Royal Military. She became an advisor to the Strategic Scientific Reserve.[2]

World War II

Joining the Strategic Scientific Reserve

"Take your serum to the Allies, where it can be turned against HYDRA."
―Peggy Carter to Abraham Erskine[src]

Peggy Carter during WWII

Peggy Carter was an agent of the British Secret Intelligence. In November 1940s#1940, she infiltrated Castle Kaufmann, the headquarters of the SS general Johann Schmidt, leader of HYDRA, Adolf Hitler's top secret science division. Disguised as the maid Eva, she freed the captured scientist Abraham Erskine, the creator of the Super Soldier Serum, and escaped the castle.[3]

Soon, Carter was assigned as a liaison from the British government to help the Americans combat the Nazis. Carter served under Colonel Chester Phillips in the Strategic Scientific Reserve.[4]

In the winter of 1942, Carter spent time in the sewers of New York City.[5] Carter also spent time in the Soviet Union, learning local dialect which kept her from freezing to death.[6]

Project Rebirth


Carter and Steve Rogers during his training

"Faster, ladies! Come on! My grandmother has more life in her, God rest her soul. Move it!"
―Peggy Carter[src]

In June 1943, Carter was assigned to Colonel Chester Phillips' training base; she was the first to meet the candidates up for the Project Rebirth. When Private Gilmore Hodge mocked her English heritage and the fact that she was a woman, she promptly punched him across the jaw, much to Chester Phillips' approval. Carter oversaw potential candidates' training for Project Rebirth, including a skinny but determined Steve Rogers. She smiled each time Rogers would do something smarter or braver than the other candidates, such as dispatching a flagpole to retrieve a flag or diving on a grenade, not knowing it was a dud, to protect others.


Carter escorts Rogers to Project Rebirth

When Steve Rogers was selected as the candidate, she escorted him to the Strategic Scientific Reserve Brooklyn Facility under an antique shop. Along the drive, Carter and Rogers bonded over their shared struggles to gain respect in war time, Rogers due to his height and Carter due to her gender. Although Rogers was hopeless at speaking to a woman, Carter was charmed by his honesty and kindness.


Carter looks at Rogers after his transformation

Carter witnessed how Rogers was injected with the Super Soldier Serum at Project Rebirth. During the procedure, Rogers began to scream in pain; Carter ordered Erskine to stop, but Rogers insisted he could finish the procedure. Rogers was successfully transformed, growing over a foot in height and gaining incredible muscles. Carter was one of the first to greet him after his transformation and provided him with a new shirt, not before touching his newly muscled figure.


Carter shooting at Heinz Kruger

As the celebrations continued, one of the guests, Heinz Kruger, detonated a bomb, destroying much of the lab. Kruger then shot and killed Abraham Erskine before making his escape. Carter was able to shoot him in the arm and gave chase. She followed the assassin into the streets of Brooklyn and fired several rounds into the car Kruger was using to escape. She managed to shoot the driver, but Kruger turned the car around and drove straight at her. She was saved by Rogers, who pushed her out of the way, although Carter insisted she could have killed him. Rogers gave chase and successfully caught the assassin, but was unable to stop Kruger from killing himself.

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Carter and Steve Rogers in Europe

Colonel Phillips was given a new assignment to take the S.S.R. to Europe to take the fight directly to HYDRA, and made Agent Carter and Howard Stark a part of his staff. In November 1943, Agent Carter met Steve Rogers again, though at this time he was employed by the US Government to perform as the Army's mascot Captain America. Carter spoke to him, telling him that Erskine meant him for more than performing; during their conversation Rogers learned that his friend Bucky Barnes had been captured by HYDRA and Phillips was not planning a rescue mission.

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Carter agrees to help Rogers

Carter and Howard Stark agreed to help Rogers get to his destination at the secret HYDRA base in Austria where Allied POWs were held. They took a plane and Stark flew them to the destination; along the way, Carter gave Rogers a radio to call her when he needed to be picked up. The plane was soon fired upon by enemy guns, so Rogers leapt from the plane while Stark flew Carter to safety. After a few days, Rogers did not return, leading Chester Phillips to announce him as killed in action, but before he could punish Carter for her part in Rogers' death, Rogers returned to the base with over 400 rescued soldiers. Carter berated him for arriving late, and Rogers showed her that his radio had been damaged in the firefight.[4]

Working with Captain America

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Carter speaks to Rogers and Bucky Barnes

Peggy Carter was present at the meeting of the senior staff of Strategic Scientific Reserve in London, along with Colonel Phillips. They discussed the best way to take down HYDRA bases scattered across the Nazi-occupied Europe. She later met Rogers in a bar while he was putting together a new team for his next missions. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes found themselves in awe of Carter as she was wearing a beautiful red dress rather than her uniform. Although Barnes tried in vain to ask Carter for a dance, Carter would not look at him and told Rogers that once the war was over, she wanted to go dancing with the right partner. She told him that Phillips needed to see him in the morning and left.

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Chester Phillips, Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers

The next morning Carter became furious at Steve Rogers after she saw him being kissed by Colonel Phillips' secretary Lorraine. He accused her of having a relationship with Howard Stark, much to her frustration. When she came to collect Rogers later, she found him trying out the new shield Stark had provided for him; without warning Carter picked up a gun and shot at Rogers, claiming to be simply testing the shield. She left leaving Rogers and Stark shocked and impressed.

A few months into the war, Carter received word that Bucky Barnes had been killed on a mission to capture HYDRA scientist Arnim Zola. Knowing that Rogers would be devastated by the loss of his closest friend, she went to find him. She found him sitting alone in the ruins of a bar drinking. She tried to comfort him, reminding him that Barnes' death was not his fault and Barnes must have believed that their mission was worth his sacrifice.[4]

Losing Steve Rogers

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Peggy during the attack on HYDRA Headquarters

"I'll-I'll get Howard on the line. He'll know what to do."
"There's not enough time. This thing's moving too fast and it's heading for New York. I gotta put her in the water."
"Please don't do this. W-we have time. We can work it out."
―Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers[src]

In May 1945, Rogers attacked HYDRA's last base of operations, he allowed himself to be captured, only to distract Johann Schmidt and allow the US Army time to attack the base. Carter was a member of a company of soldiers led by Colonel Chester Phillips to follow Rogers into the HYDRA base. Carter was able to save Rogers' life when he was pinned back by a HYDRA soldier using flame throwers; Carter shot the enemy soldier in the back causing his equipment to explode. Rogers jokingly told her she was late, reminding her of their earlier mission when she accused him of the same thing. Rogers gave chase to Schmidt while Carter continued to fight.


Carter sees Rogers fly away on Red Skull's plane, she would not see him again for 70 years

Johann Schmidt managed to get to his HYDRA plane and Captain America gave chase; seeing that he had no chance of catching up, Carter and Colonel Phillips stole Johann Schmidt's Coupe and gave Rogers a lift. Moments before he jumped aboard the Valkyrie, Carter kissed Rogers and told him to get Schmidt. Rogers managed to leap aboard the plane as Phillips was able to stop the car from plunging off a cliff edge. Carter watched as the plane flew away with Rogers on board.

After a brutal fight to the death on a HYDRA plane, Johann Schmidt was finally defeated, along with his soldiers. Knowing that the plane Rogers was on would cause a lot of trouble for America, he was left with one option; forcing the large plane to land on the waters of the Northern Atlantic Ocean.


Peggy after Steve's assumed death.

Carter, knowing that this would result in his death, did not give up hope. She pressed on the matter, implying that there would be time for them to sort the situation out, even if Howard Stark had to be called. However, Rogers claimed that there was not enough time, and proceeded with the landing. As the plane made its final descent, Peggy and Steve set a date where she would teach him how to dance. All communications with the plane were then lost, and all Carter could do was cry.[4]

The Obelisk


The Howling Commandos with Peggy Carter

"These assets are now under the protection of the Strategic Scientific Reserve. They'll be relocated and hidden out of sight, indefinitely, as will you."
"Cut off one head, two more shall grow in its place."
"Then I guess we'll keep cutting them off."
―Peggy Carter and Werner Reinhardt[src]

Later that year, Peggy Carter led a Strategic Scientific Reserve team that included Jim Morita and Dum Dum Dugan into the last HYDRA base, commanded by General Werner Reinhardt. After arresting him, she had everything in the base confiscated and labelled. The label 0-8-4 was placed on an alien artifact in Reinhardt's possession that was shaped like an Obelisk. Carter discussed with Dugan that, with the war ending, a peace time organization was needed to protect the innocent from dangerous technologies and to supervise people like Howard Stark. [7]

No Deal for the Devil

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Peggy interrogates Werner Reinhardt

"It's true, I wanted to find out what kind of a man you were. You didn't use the pen. So, now I know."
"Pens are also used for signatures."
"You want a deal. How terribly shocking."
"The US Government has recruited many German scientists."
―Peggy Carter and Werner Reinhardt[src]

After his capture, Reinhardt was taken to the Rat, a secret SSR facility. Seeking to find out more information, Carter visited the Rat to interrogate him. They talked about the pen that she had left in his cell to find out what he would do with it. As many former Nazi scientists were already recruited by the US Government, Reinhardt expressed the wish to be recruited as well, as he considered himself far more valuable than those who would make parlor tricks by sending rockets into space. Agent Carter then mentioned his many war crimes, but he offered to help her understand the items the SSR has confiscated from his last commanding post. He told her about the myth about the "stars" and revealed that the artifacts were of extraterrestrial origin.

The disdain that Carter had for Reinhardt outweighed her curiosity about the "blue angels" he described, so she sentenced him to a life term in the Rat, promising him that as long as she had a say, he would never be freed.[8]


Carter looks at Steve Rogers' file after the war

With the war now won, the SSR base was packed away and Carter began to help with the filing. Chester Phillips came over to her while she was moving boxes and handed her a single file, Captain Steve Rogers' file. She opened it and saw a picture of the man she loved before his transformation, a skinny but determined man. She kept the photo with her for many years after the war to remind her of the man she loved and lost.[4]

Post-War Activities

Stark's Problem

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Agent Carter in her room, preparing for the mission.

"I figured you'd never have a problem finding a man."
"The trick is finding the right one."
Howard Stark and Peggy Carter[src]

Following the end of the war, Carter found herself still working for the SSR under the cover of working for a phone company. Having few friends in New York City, she moved in with her friend Colleen O'Brien. Despite her work during the war, many of the men at the New York Bell Company Office still viewed her as nothing more than Captain America's "liasion". At one meeting, SSR agents discussed Howard Stark being accused of selling his weapons to enemies of the U.S., and though Carter tried to defend Stark based on their past relationship, the other agents rebuffed her. When Agent Ray Krzeminski insulted her, Agent Daniel Sousa came to her defense; Carter thanked him but told him she did not need his help.


Peggy meeting Howard Stark before he goes into hiding

Later at the L&L Automat, Carter found a note that told her to go into the back alley, where Carter met with Stark and his butler, Edwin Jarvis. In the car, Stark told Carter he was being framed, claiming that someone had stolen his "bad babies", weapons he considered to be too dangerous for anyone to possess, while he was vacationing in Monaco. He told her that he ran because he knew that the SSR would consider him guilty. Stark asked Carter to help him clear his name and find the true criminals behind the theft. As he departed for Europe to track down some of the stolen items, Stark told her to find a document with the formula of one of his inventions, molecular Nitramene, before it could be sold on the black market.

In searching for the stolen weapons, Carter balanced actively investigating the theft while avoiding SSR scrutiny and other agents looking for the same clues without similar motivations concerning Howard Stark. Carter, disguising herself with a wig and sparkling evening dress, went to a known fence, Spider Raymond, paid to sell the Nitramene formula. Sneaking her way into the office where the formula was being kept, and avoiding SSR agents as she went, Carter discovered that the formula had been used to create a bomb.

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Peggy discovers the Nitramene

Racing home, Carter disarmed the weapon, rendering it harmless. Upon entering her bedroom, she found O'Brien murdered and was attacked by the killer. Carter fought him off, injuring him in the process, and went to mourn the death of her friend.

Enlisting the aid of Jarvis, Carter followed up a lead concerning the production of the Nitramene weapon based on information from one of Stark's associates, Anton Vanko.

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Peggy finds and threatens Leet Brannis

Tracking possible production to the Roxxon Refinery, Carter and Jarvis stumbled upon a whole production line of the weapons. Carter confronted Leet Brannis who told her that she could not stop Leviathan before setting one of the Nitramene bombs to implode. He escaped in a milk truck filled with a new batch of the Nitramene bombs while Carter raced back to Jarvis's waiting car. They barely escaped as the bomb went off and the resulting implosion reduced the Roxxon factory to rubble.[9]

Further Investigation

Peggy disguised as Ruth Barton

Following the implosion, Carter then went to Howard Stark's Penthouse to rest. The next morning, posing as health inspector Ruth Barton, she found the name of the driver of the Daisy Clover milk truck, Sheldon McFee. She was then called in by Chief Roger Dooley to help in discovering who was involved in the explosion by bringing to him a Vita-Ray Detector.

While scanning Roxxon Oil Corporation Headquarters employees, Carter recognized one of the men as a guard she encountered while infiltrating the refinery. Carter then suggested to Dooley that they scan the workers' clothes for traces of Vita Radiation instead of their lab coats; Miles Van Ert tried to flee only to be easily incapacitated by Carter.

Carter and Jarvis went to the residence of Sheldon McFee; Carter encountered him and defeated him, tying him up. Brannis attempted to flee in McFee's milk truck, but Jarvis temporarily disabled it. As Carter and Jarvis drove back to Manhattan with Brannis in tow, they were attacked by the Man in the green suit again. Carter engaged him on top of the truck and after a brutal fight, managed to defeat him and stuck his hand to the truck as she and Jarvis escaped with Brannis. The milk truck, which was full of Nitramene, safely exploded inside the ocean.


Edwin Jarvis tends to Carter's injuries

Back at Stark's Penthouse, Jarvis tended to her wounds and told Carter that despite all her skills she could not handle everything by herself. When Carter argued that Steve Rogers could, Jarvis reminded her that Rogers would often rely on her for moral guidance and strength. He asked her to let him help her more; Carter agreed and told him to continue stitching her wound.


Carter is interviewed by Miriam Fry at the Griffith Hotel

Carter decided to accept the invitation by her friend Angie Martinelli to have an interview at the Griffith Hotel. Martinelli introduced Carter to the other tenants before her interview with Miriam Fry. Carter worked out the sort of women Fry wanted at the hotel and lied about her dependance on men and desire to be married. Pleased with these answers, Fry told Carter the rules of the hotel and allowed her to move in next door to Martinelli.[10]

The Heartbreak

Carter and Jarvis investigated the vault where Stark's weapons were stolen but, before they could begin, Thompson and Sousa knocked on the door. The two agents questioned Jarvis and took him in for further interrogation. When Jarvis was brought in for questioning, Carter took the police theft report of Stark's car and later told Dooley that she mistakenly took the report in Jarvis' presence, thus freeing him from his interrogation.


Carter defending herself against Jerome Zandow

After being reprimanded by an angry Dooley, she and Jarvis continued their investigation and found the ship that had some of Stark's stolen inventions. Finding the weapons, Carter prepared to call the find in, but Jarvis told her it would be too risky, and he called it in himself as an anonymous tipster. While waiting for Jarvis on The Heartbreak, Carter was confronted by Jerome Zandow, who attacked her. Jarvis came to her aide and together the two managed to subdue him and escape.

The next day Carter found out that Agent Ray Krzeminski had been killed. Deeply saddened by his death, she went to Angie Martinelli and confided in her and told her that despite all of Krzeminski's flaws, he was still a man good at his job.[5]

"So thank you Howard for reminding me of who Steve was and what I aspire to be."
―Peggy Carter[src]

Carter and Jarvis snuck Howard Stark back into the States through a train car by making a deal with two subordinates of smuggler Otto Mink; the deal went south when one of the men decided they should get paid more, forcing Carter to knock them out and free Stark. Carter attempted to take Stark to his penthouse, but it was being guarded by Agent Yauch. Thinking of nowhere else to safely put him, Carter snuck Stark into her apartment at the Griffith Hotel.


Carter is given another mission by Howard Stark

The next day, Stark gave Carter a Camera Pen to take pictures of the devices the SSR had confiscated. Later that day, Stark lied to Carter, telling her that the reason he came back was because the SSR had one of his most dangerous inventions, the Blitzkrieg Button, and he wanted it returned to him so he could deactivate it. On the way to the New York Bell Company Office, Carter started to get suspicious when she noticed Jarvis' nervous behavior. Discovering the device, Carter, against her better judgement, decided to activate it. The device opened, revealing a vial of blood.

Returning to the Griffith, Carter asked Stark what was in the vial; after some reluctance, he revealed it to be Steve Rogers' blood. Angered, Carter punched Stark and berated him despite Stark's attempt to justify himself. Carter accused him of only wanting to make money and decided to cut all ties with him.[11]

The Hunt for Leviathan


Carter ignores Edwin Jarvis' attempts to apologise for Howard Stark's lies

"I am a federal agent, Mr. Jarvis."
"Yes. Finely trained and skilled in the art of fetching coffee."
―Peggy Carter and Edwin Jarvis[src]

Carter headed to work when Edwin Jarvis tried to apologize for Howard Stark's lying to her; however, Carter refused to forgive Stark or Jarvis. Jarvis pointed out that the SSR would never treat her like an equal; Carter told him that she would make them change their minds.

At the New York Bell Company Office, the office was busy as Daniel Sousa told Carter that the Remote Typewriter had activated and that they had a cryptographer working on it. The cryptographer, however, proved to be having trouble decoding the message. Carter saw that the original language was Russian and easily decoded it, revealing to the others that the message was apparently Leviathan making a deal with Howard Stark for weapons in Belarus.

Chief Roger Dooley quickly told Jack Thompson to prepare a team to go to Belarus. Carter insisted that she come along, much to Thompson's and Dooley's chagrin. Carter pointed out that she had decoded the message and knew the way of the land in Russia, including knowing skills of how to survive in the mountains. Dooley acquiesced when Carter got them the assistance of the Howling Commandos.


Carter and Dugan tell war stories

In Russia, Carter met up with the Commandos, which consisted of her old friend Dum Dum Dugan, Happy Sam Sawyer, Pinky Pinkerton and Junior Juniper. Carter supplied Dugan with his favourite alcohol as payment for assisting her with the mission. As the two groups rested for the night they shared war stories. When Thompson sat down, they encouraged him to share one of his war stories. After some reluctance, Thompson told them the story of how he single-handedly killed Japanese soldiers that were attacking his unit while they were asleep, earning him a medal for bravery.

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Carter and the Howling Commandos in Russia

The next day the group arrived at the Red Room Academy where they split up. Carter, Juniper, and Dugan realized that the facility was a school where they encountered a little girl who quickly became hostile, stabbing Dugan and killing Juniper. Carter met up with Thompson's group and together they decided to leave.

On their way out, they came upon two prisoners named Nikola and Ivchenko. The two had revealed that they had been kidnapped because of Nikola's intelligence and Ivchenko's status as a doctor to treat Nikola. They also revealed that Leviathan had stolen weapons from Stark. Freeing them, the group was pinned down by reinforcements and Agent Mike Li was shot. When Nikola attempted to bargain Sawyer for his freedom, Li used the last of his strength to shoot him and the group escaped.


Carter with Dum Dum Dugan in Russia

Parting ways, Carter said goodbye to Dugan, and Ivchenko, having nowhere else to go, decided to go back with Carter and the others to use what he knew to help the SSR against Leviathan. On the plane ride home, Carter tried to cheer Thompson up about freezing during the gun fight. Thompson revealed to her that the soldiers who seemingly attacked his unit were actually surrendering and told her that he had been struggling on how to tell that story. Carter reassured him that he already did. Back in the U.S. Thompson and Carter reported to Dooley and told him of their findings. Thompson then invited Carter for some drinks.[6]

On the Run


Carter questions Ivchenko

With Ivchenko now with the SSR and willing to help in their investigation, Carter, Jack Thompson and Roger Dooley began to question him about Leviathan. Carter showed particular interest in Leviathan's training of young female assassins, as she believed a female assassin was responsible for the killing of Ray Krzeminski and had possibly seduced Howard Stark to steal his weapons. Dooley ordered her to dig deeper and learn more about the Leviathan's female assassins.

Carter called on Edwin Jarvis for assistance again and together they visited many of Stark's former lovers of the last six months to see if they could be an assassin. Carter believed that they would have scarred wrists from being handcuffed to beds their entire lives. In the end, there was only one woman named Ida Emke that they were unable to locate.


Carter and Jarvis are almost arrested by Jack Thompson

Carter and Jarvis visited the L&L Automat to discuss their next move. While there, Carter realized that many SSR agents had arrived and ordered all civilians to safety. Knowing she was about to be arrested, Carter and Jarvis fought off the agents and tried to escape. Outside they were cornered by Jack Thompson; however Carter was able to disarm him and knock him out. Next, Daniel Sousa tried to arrest her but Carter told him that he would never be able to shoot her; he let her go, promising her that she would be caught.

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Carter hides from the SSR

Carter ran back to the Griffith Hotel in order to collect Steve Rogers' blood. She made it to her room but the SSR was quickly behind her. She collected the blood and decided to hide on the ledge outside the building. Thompson and Sousa searched her room. She was spotted by Angie Martinelli; when the agents went into Martinelli's room to question her, she helped Carter escape by distracting the agents. After they left, Martinelli helped Carter into her room and arranged for a car to take out of town. Carter said goodbye to her friend and promised to one day tell her everything.


Dottie Underwood kisses Carter while wearing Sweet Dreams Lipstick

With the coast clear, Carter tried to make her escape from the Griffith but was stopped by Dottie Underwood. At first, Underwood seemed concerned for Carter's safety, but when she tried to get past, Underwood grabbed her and kissed her. Carter quickly recognized her own Sweet Dreams Lipstick and began to fall unconscious. Moments before she collapsed, she looked at Underwood's wrist and saw her scars, knowing she was the assassin.

Carter awoke in the SSR's car being driven back to headquarters. She was put in the interrogation room where she began to be questioned by Sousa, Thompson and Dooley.[12]


Carter is brought into the SSR as a prisoner

"Agent Carter..."
"Miss Carter; I don't work here anymore."
Roger Dooley and Peggy Carter[src]

Roger Dooley, Daniel Sousa, and Jack Thompson took turns interrogating Carter using different methods; Dooley used disappointment, Sousa used friendship, and Thompson hoped that Carter would give them Howard Stark. Carter observed their methodology but none of them seemed to believe what she was trying to tell them.


Carter, Jarvis, and the others opening the Blitzkrieg Button

Edwin Jarvis came with a fake confession, claiming it was from Howard Stark, and stopped the interrogation. Dooley told Carter that she was fired from the SSR; Carter cleared what little she had from her desk. However, when she and Jarvis saw Ivchenko using Morse Code to communicate with someone across the street, Carter told the three agents everything that had been happening and allowed Dooley to open the Blitzkrieg Button to see that it contained Steve Rogers' blood sample.

Carter and Jarvis were still in the interrogation room when Dooley, under the thrall of Ivchenko, held them at gunpoint, cuffed them to a desk, and locked them inside, breaking the key. Carter and Jarvis worked to escape to find Dooley unconscious, wearing the Stark Heat Vest.


Carter witnesses Roger Dooley's death

Carter went to Alex Doobin for help to remove the vest because Jarvis advised that it would explode if removed improperly. Doobin said that he was helpless; Dooley had Carter promise him that she would bring Ivchenko to justice. Carter watched as Chief Dooley jumped from a window as the vest exploded.

Carter and the agents wondered what Ivchenko wanted, and she was relieved when the Blitzkrieg Button was still in the laboratory. Doobin revealed that Item 17 was missing.[13]

Letting Go

Carter knocks out Daniel Sousa after he breathes in gas from Item 17

"Bye, my darling."
―Peggy Carter[src]

Peggy Carter, Daniel Sousa and Jack Thompson investigated a massacre in a theater. Carter realized that the people in the cinema killed each other with their bare hands. Sousa found a cylinder and accidentally released the gas; he then tried to kill Thompson. Carter attempted to help Thompson but Sousa knocked her away before a police officer knocked him out with a baton. Carter later talked with Sousa after he awakened; he explained that he wanted to kill everyone at that moment. Thompson explained that the chemicals make people highly aggressive and that Ivchenko had enough to kill half of the city.


Carter is present when Howard Stark surrenders to the SSR

While Carter and the others contemplate Ivchenko's motives, Howard Stark entered saying he was his target. Thompson confronted Stark with all the deaths caused by his gas. Stark explained that the gas was called Midnight Oil and that it was designed for soldiers to stay awake. During the war General John McGinnis raided his laboratory and took all his designs. Learning about the Midnight Oil he decided to use the weapon of Stark on the Russian army to motivate them to attack the Germans and take Finow. However the weapon made them go into a murderous rage and they started to kill each other.

Perusing the files Stark had brought with him, Carter found dossiers on Leet Brannis and Sasha Demidov, who were both at Finow. As Stark mentioned that Midnight Oil is known to caused asphyxiation, she deduced that someone performed laryngectomy on the two survivors, rendering them voiceless. She suspected Ivchenko to be responsible as she opened his file, revealed his true identity as Johann Fennhoff, a master of hypnosis. Stark chose to act as bait so they can lure Ivchenko in.

Carter later told Stark that she did not like his plan. Stark expressed that it was his fault for what happened at Finow, and he wanted to redeem himself for the mistakes he had made.


Carter takes cover as shots are fired

Carter later was present at the press conference where the treason charges against Stark were publicly dropped. As he prepared to speak, a sniper started to shoot at Stark. Taking cover, Carter deduced the position of the sniper as Stark was taken away from the New York City Hall podium. Carter and Thompson went to the sniper nest to learn that it was a rigged rifle to act as a distraction. Carter and the group deduced that they will spread the Midnight Oil with a plane from Stark's private airstrip.


Carter finds and threatens Ivchenko

The group reached the warehouse just as a hypnotized Stark left with a plane to spread the Midnight Oil. They decided that Edwin Jarvis would follow Stark with a fighter plane and shoot him down if Stark could not be snapped out of the trance. Carter grabbed a shotgun and sought Underwood and Ivchenko. She found them and tried to stop them from communicating with Stark. Underwood quickly disarmed her with a kick. Carter tried to fight Underwood but got easily tossed to the floor. Underwood prepared to kill Carter with a baseball bat, but Carter ducked the swing and used the moment to kick Underwood through the window and she fell hard on the wing of a plane.


Carter talks to Stark over a radio

Carter then took that opportunity to talk to Stark over the radio; she knew that if Stark reached New York City, he would be shot down by Edwin Jarvis who was chasing in another plane. Stark, under Fennhoff's influence, believed that he was going to retrieve their friend Steve Rogers from the icy waters; Carter listened as Stark told her that Captain America was his greatest achievement. Refusing to listen on the radio as another loved one died, Carter cried as she told Stark to follow her example as she let Rogers go. Stark listened and his trance was broken.

When Carter sought Underwood, she was gone.


Carter drops Steve Rogers' blood into the water

With Johann Fennhoff's Campaign quelled, Carter received a standing ovation from her colleagues for saving the city. However, Thompson took credit for the save when Senator Walt Cooper came. Though Sousa wanted to tell the senator the truth, Carter decided that she did not care about the approval of others. Sousa asked Carter for a date; she smiled, but took a raincheck.

As a reward for her help, Stark gave Carter one of his houses; she chose Angie Martinelli as a housemate. Jarvis gave her the vial of Rogers' blood that Stark had stolen from the New York Bell Company Office.

Later, that evening, Carter let go of Rogers by pouring his blood into the water under the Brooklyn Bridge.[14]



Carter on a mission to obtain the Zodiac

"Agent Carter, it is my honor to inform you that you are going to run S.H.I.E.L.D. and I'd also like to assist you in carrying your personal items down to your car."
"Thank you Agent Flynn, but as has always been the case, I don't require your help."
John Flynn and Peggy Carter[src]

Agent Carter eventually moved to Brooklyn, New York City, continuing to work with the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Carter was stuck in an office run by Agent John Flynn who patronized her and only used her for code-breaking and analysis, believing that, as a woman, she should not be sent into the field.

Three months into her work there, after all of her fellow agents had gone out for drinks, leaving her alone in the office, she received a call directing her to the location of the Zodiac and requesting agents to retrieve the substance.

Carter used the absence of her co-workers as an excuse to take the mission, and traveled to the Zodiac's location, carrying a briefcase full of field gear with her. With some trouble, Agent Carter recovered the Zodiac and brought it back to the Strategic Scientific Reserve New York Office.


John Flynn argues with Carter

The next day at the office, Agent Flynn admonished Carter for her actions, saying that the only reason that she was an agent was that people felt sorry for her after Captain America died. In the midst of his tirade, the office hotline rang and he was informed by Howard Stark that he was to give the news to Agent Carter that she would be running S.H.I.E.L.D.. Stark also ordered Flynn to "let her know you’re honored to bring her the news". Carter refused his offer to carry her things out of the office.[15]


Later Life

Peggy's family

Carter's family photographs by her bed

"What is it?"
"For as long as I can remember, I just wanted to do what was right. I guess I'm not quite sure what that is anymore, and I thought I could throw myself back in, follow orders, serve. It's just not the same."
"You were always so dramatic. Look, you saved the world. We rather mucked it up."
"You didn't. Knowing you helped found S.H.I.E.L.D. is half the reason I stayed."
―Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers[src]
Peggy 1953-2

Carter, 32 years old, in an interview about the life of Captain America

Peggy Carter continued working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve until 1949.[2] After that, she became a full time S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, working alongside Howard Stark. Sometime after the war she met and married a man whom Steve Rogers had saved throughout the course of the war. Together they had a son and daughter.

In 1953, Peggy Carter was interviewed about Steve Rogers and their involvement in the war. This footage was on display at the Captain America Exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution.[16]

Working with Ant-Man


Carter aims her gun at Hank Pym

"Sometime you won't know what you're working with until you're in the you have to improvise."
―Peggy Carter to Hank Pym[src]

In 1987, Carter was still working as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. She met Dr. Hank Pym, a young scientist who invented particles and a suit that could shrink a human being to the size of an ant, yet maintain his original strength. When a group of radicals in the Soviet-controlled East Berlin discovered a piece of old HYDRA technology, Howard Stark wanted to send an agent to Germany and stop them from reverse-engineering it.

However, Pym was unwilling to give his suit to anyone else, so Carter convinced him to go to Berlin personally. To see if the suit actually worked, she fired a few bullets at Pym, and he became small like an ant in the blink of an eye, proving he was ready for the mission. He left for Berlin later that day.[17]

When Pym returned from his mission in Berlin, he informed Carter and Stark about what had happened there. Stark tried to prohibit Pym from being able to do any further missions, but Pym stated that the only way the organization could use Pym Particles was if he was using them. Pym then implied that he was willing to help in any future missions available to him.[18]

1989 Peggy Carter

Peggy Carter in 1989

However, in 1989, Pym announced his resignation from the organization before her, Howard Stark and Mitchell Carson, after he had discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to replicate the Pym Particles from the Ant-Man technology, showing his anger by slamming Carson's head onto the desk after he insulted him. Carter and Stark attempted to convince Pym to reconsider, reminding him not to allow the death of his beloved wife, Janet van Dyne, to destroy the good work he had achieved at S.H.I.E.L.D.; however Pym refused to listen and left the Triskelion. As Pym exited, Carter watched and listened as Carson advised that Pym should be restrained. Carter turned to Carson and advised him not to make Pym his enemy.[19]


Old Peggy Full

Carter, 92 years old, talking to Rogers two years after he was defrosted.

"You're alive! came, you came back."
"Yeah, Peggy."
"It's been so long. So long."
"Well, I couldn't leave my best girl. Not when she owes me a dance."
―Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers[src]

Before 2012, Carter had quit S.H.I.E.L.D. and retired.[1] In her advanced age, she now had Alzheimer's disease, which caused her to have to stay at a retirement home in Washington, D.C..[16]

After Steve Rogers returned from being frozen for nearly 70 years, he was given files about his friends and allies from the 1940s, including Peggy Carter's. He thought about calling her, but, in the end, decided against it, afraid of her seeing him still young.[1]

Two years after he was saved, Rogers eventually went to visit her at the retirement home where she lived. She was lucid at first, but after a few minutes of conversation, due to her mental deterioration, she suddenly acted as if she met Rogers directly after he had crash-landed after the Battle in the Valkyrie.[16]


Carter is tough and resilient, standing strong whenever she is mistreated, be it by man or woman. She has a sarcastic streak, and can also become close to a select few people, such as Steve Rogers, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis, and a few others. Though she believes in morality, she will lie, if the situation calls for it, including the period when she was hiding her involvement with Howard Stark from the SSR.

A loyal soldier, Carter will do whatever is needed to get the job done, very nearly having Howard Stark shot out of the sky, when he was endangering the city of New York. Such sacrifices wound her; she does not enjoy it. Being somewhat no-nonsense, Carter does not take kindly to messing about during a mission or when there is work to be done. She is also quite clever, always able to work her way out of a pinch at a moment's notice. Though her number of dear friends is slim, she is exceedingly appreciative to those she has.


"I conducted my own investigation because no one listens to me. I got away with it because no one looks at me."
―Peggy Carter[src]
  • Master Spy: Carter was able to infiltrate Castle Kaufmann and free Abraham Erskine with her disguise as "Eva". Likewise, she is able to flawlessly mimic other accents. She knows how to manipulate the sexist stereotypes of her time to her advantage by bringing coffee to a meeting in order to spy on it and seducing a man to gain information. She also spent time at Bletchley Park during the early years of World War II, learning code breaking skills.
  • Master Investigator: Carter was able to solve the Leviathan case very efficiently, including deducing that the person who manipulated Stark would be one of the women he had been with, and that that woman would likely have scars on her wrists from years of handcuffing herself to a bedpost.
  • Expert Martial Artist: Carter is a highly skilled martial artist. Carter used her fighting skills to defeat Sasha Demidov before he could kill her. She was able to defeat several highly skilled agents with little effort. Despite initially being overwhelmed, Carter managed to defeat Dottie Underwood, a highly trained Red Room assassin. Carter was also able to silently subdue the guards of the Zodiac.
  • Expert Marksman: During the assassination of Abraham Erskine, Carter was able to kill the driver of Heinz Kruger, as he drove towards her, without fear of being hit. She chided Rogers for interrupting her shot when she aimed for Kruger.
  • Expert Tactician: Though they were all seasoned war veterans, the Howling Commandos took instruction from Carter on how to infiltrate the Red Room Academy, following her leadership on how to divide the men and what to do in a given situation.
  • Scientist: Carter has knowledge of chemistry, knowing how to use simple household items to create a compound necessary to defuse a bomb.
  • Multilingualism: Carter can speak and read English, Russian and German fluently.


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  • Harrison Carter † - Father
  • Amanda Carter † - Mother
  • Grandmother †
  • Husband
  • Son
  • Daughter



Appearances for Peggy Carter

In chronological order:


  • In the comics, Peggy Carter was a freedom fighter with the French Resistance during World War II, and her relationship with Gabe Jones was one of the first inter-racial relationships in comics.
  • According to S.H.I.E.L.D. files, Peggy joined the Special Air Service (SAS) in 1936. In reality, SAS wasn't formed before July 1941.
  • At the end of Captain America: The First Avenger when Nick Fury first encounters the bewildered Steve Rogers, Steve mentions that he is 70 years late for a date that he planned with Peggy.
  • In The Avengers, Peggy appears in short flashbacks conceived by Steve Rogers when he was using a punching bag in the gym.
  • Peggy and Dottie Underwood shared the first same-sex kiss in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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