2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was a strange movie in many ways, most of them concerning the way it dealt Wanda Maximoff and his character afterWanda Vision. A distinct part of the movie that wowed audiences as a second-act digression into an alternate universe home to the Illuminati, which featured surprise throwback cameos for Marvel alumni like Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Haley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. . The latter was the one of this world Captain Brittany—a variant first introduced in And if… ? just a year before – but before the public could truly grasp this, Peggy and most of the Illuminati proceeded to getting annihilated by Wanda.
It’s surprisingly dark and mean-spirited fanservice, and if you weren’t a fan of that detour, then Atwell shares your sentiment. While promoting Mission: Esteem impossible, she admitted the Podcast Happy Sad Confused that it was a “frustrating moment” to be called upon to get Darth Maul by his own weapon. “I’m like, ‘That wasn’t my choice!'” she said. “When she was like, ‘I could do this all day,’ and then she was immediately cut in half by a Frisbee. And the audience was like, ‘She can’t do this all day. Apparently, you don’t can’t, so an egg on your face. It really doesn’t serve Peggy very well.”
Unsurprisingly, she considers What if….? the most rewarding return, which is hard to argue against. Not only did she have an episode for herself (one that opened the whole series, no less), but the Captain Britain anime had a real arc that should continue into the eventual second season. “Any actor will tell you,” she continued, “being able to walk into a cabin in your pajamas and do an animation is a lot of fun because you’re focusing on the voice as an instrument and your primary performative tool.”
The reaction to the Illuminati killings — which also includes Lashawna Lynch and Anson Mount reprising their roles as Maria Rambeau (Captain Marvel) and Black Bolt — shows how not all veteran MCU actors are brought back the same. As the studio began to have older actors reprising their roles on shows like She-Hulk And Secret Invasion, how they’re used after being off-screen for so long takes on a different meaning than if they appeared and exited more consistently. And for a property that tends to smear multiple characters with each new appearance, it’s easy to see how divisive this scene was.
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