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Peggy Carter
Real Name Margaret Carter
Alias(es) Peggy Carter
Agent 13
Species Human
Citizenship English/British
Gender Female
Age 24-26 (World War II era)
Date of Birth April 9, 1919[1]
Title(s) Agent of SSR (former)
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Affiliation British Armed Forces (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[2] (unreleased)
Ant-Man[3] (unreleased)
One-Shot Agent Carter
TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2 episodes)
Agent Carter
Game Captain America: Super Soldier
Comic Captain America: First Vengeance
Captain America: The First Avenger Adaptation
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 an officer of the British Armed Forces before and during World War II. As an agent of the Special Air Service, she joined the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), an Allied deep science agency formed to fight against HYDRA, the Nazi super weapons division. During the war, she met and fell in love with Steve Rogers, the US Army soldier who became the world's first super hero―Captain America. After the war and Rogers' disappearance, she helped Howard Stark found the new peacekeeping organization, the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.


Early Life and Military CareerEdit


Peggy Carter

Margaret "Peggy" Carter was born on Wednesday, April 9, 1919, in London, England. She received her education from St Martin-In-The-Fields High School for Girls.[4]

In 1934, Carter joined the British Armed Forces and served as the Air Force nurse for the next two years. In 1936 she was moved to the Special Air Service (SAS).[1]

World War IIEdit

Joining the Strategic Scientific ReserveEdit

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

Peggy Carter was an agent of the British Secret Intelligence. In November 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 a maid Eva, she freed the captured scientist Abraham Erskine, who created the Super Soldier Serum and escaped the castle.[5]

Soon, Carter was assigned as a liaison from the British government to help the Americans combat against the Nazis. Carter served under Colonel Chester Phillips in the Strategic Scientific Reserve.[6]

Project RebirthEdit

Steve Peggy

Steve and Peggy in Italy

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

In June 1943, she met Steve Rogers at Colonel Chester Phillips' training base and oversaw his and the other potential candidates' training for Project Rebirth. When Rogers was selected as the candidate, she escorted him to the U.S. Army's secret base in Brooklyn under a pawnshop. After Dr. Abraham Erskine was murdered by Heinz Kruger after Rogers' successful transformation, she followed Rogers and the spy into the streets of Brooklyn and fired several rounds into the car the spy was using to escape.

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 apart of his staff. In November 1943, Agent Carter and Howard Stark helped Captain Rogers get to his destination to the secret HYDRA base in Austria where allied POWs were held. Carter soon developed a crush for Rogers, though referred to it as "having faith in him".[6]

Working with Captain AmericaEdit

Peggy Carter was present at the meeting of the senior staff of Strategic Scientific Reserve in London. They discussed the best way to take down HYDRA bases scattered across the Nazi-occupied Europe. Carter became furious at Steve Rogers after she saw him being kissed by Colonel Phillips' secretary Lorraine.[6]

Losing Steve RogersEdit


Peggy after Steve's assumed death.

"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, Carter was part of company of soldiers led by Colonel Chester Phillips to follow Captain Rogers into HYDRA's last base of operations. 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. Carter, knowing that this would result in his death, didn't give up hope. She pressed on the matter, implying that there would be time for them to sort the situation out. However, Rogers claimed that there wasn't 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 for his loss.[6]

The ObeliskEdit


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 Edit

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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]

Post-War ActivitiesEdit

Stark's ProblemEdit

Peggy room

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]
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Peggy, on a mission to obtain the Zodiac.

"You took a mission last night."
"I completed a mission last night."
"Without even attempting to report in or get the proper authorization?"
"The mission was time-sensitive.
John Flynn and Peggy Carter[src]

After the end of World War II, Agent Carter 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 office.

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.[9]

Later LifeEdit

Peggy's family

Peggy'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."
"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 and Steve Rogers[src]

Peggy Carter continued working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve until 1949.[1] Steve Rogers had survived, but in a quite unexpected matter. He had been frozen for 70 years. The experiments done on him in the past allowed him to survive, and retained his youthful appearance.[6]

Sometime after the war she met and married a man whom Steve had saved throughout the course of the war. Together they had a son and daughter.

Peggy 1953-2

Peggy, 34 years old, in an interview about the life of Captain America.

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.

Before 2014, Carter had quit S.H.I.E.L.D. and retired. In her advanced age she now has Alzheimer's disease which caused her to have to stay at a retirement home in Washington, D.C..[10]

Old Peggy Full

Peggy, 95 years old, talking to Steve two years after he was defrosted.

After Steve Rogers returned from being frozen for nearly 70 years, he was given files about his friends and allies from the 1940's, including Peggy Carter's. He thought about calling her but in the end decided against it, afraid of her seeing him still young.[4]

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 Steve directly after he had crash-landed after the Battle in the Valkyrie.[10]



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  • 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.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • There was a scene intended for The Avengers where Steve reunites with an old "Peggy Carter," but this was never released into the theatrical cut and was never even filmed. They partially reintegrated the scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, there is a Deleted scene in The Avengers where Steve finds files about the deceased Howling Commandos and Peggy Carter. Her address and telephone number are on the file, but Steve decides to not make a call.
  • Peggy's S.H.I.E.L.D. file in the deleted scene from The Avengers lists her current address as "57-J Merryweather, Winchester, U.K.". However, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier she is shown to be living in a retirement home in Washington, D.C.. It is unknown if this is a continuity error or if the file is simply outdated. Another possibility is that in the two years in between the two films, she moved to the retirement home.
  • Peggy Carter is the only female character so far that has been the female lead in a movie, a one-shot and a TV series.


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