Hayley Atwell

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Peggy Shoots Steve

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Director:

Joe Johnston

Starring:

Chris Evans

Hugo Weaving

Hayley Atwell

Tommy Lee Jones

Sebastian Stan

Plot:

Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a “Super-Soldier serum”. But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization.

Review:

It’s WWII and Steve Rogers, Chris Evans, wants nothing more than to fight for his country. He knows that if just given a chance he could, despite the fact that he’s seriously underweight and has serious health issues, help the brave men fighting the war. While on a double date with his best friend Bucky, Sebastian Stan, he tries one more time to enlist, and he finally gets his wish.

Time and time again Steve proves that he may have been physically less than the average person, morally he was worlds above. He is a good, pure person. Even when he talks about no women wanting to date him he does not once lash out at them, he accepts his own faults and never places the blame on others doors. It’s yet another way in which he is perfect.

Captain America is a lawful good character, my favorite kind, and I feel like the story did a good job showing the difficulties faced by those characters. He knew the right thing to do and even when it put his life in danger he didn’t hesitate. Even when it meant that he was going to miss out on being with the woman he loves, he didn’t whine or complain or think poor me, he accepted the responsibility and went down with the ship. They weren’t easy decisions, but it was clear what the right one was, and he did them.

I love Captain America. He has a strong moral compass and doesn’t let anyone compromise it. There is not much growth with the character, but then there doesn’t need to be. He is himself in a dark world and he tries to make it better.

Captain America: The First Avenger is one of my favorite Marvel movies for a variety of reasons, but one of the main ones is the introduction of the character Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell. She is a strong female character in a time when that was incredibly difficult. She is smart and capable and helps Steve while still doing her own thing. She is one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. though it doesn’t go into that here, and that is probably my only complaint. There was a fair amount of S.H.I.E.L.D. involvement in Thor and allusions to what was to come, but apart from the end credits scene there is no mention. The work that was done here plays more into what comes in phase 2 and while I can appreciate the long game, I wish they’d alluded to what Peggy ends up doing and becoming.

4.5/5

Marvel’s Agent Carter (2015-2016)

Agent Carter

Marvel’s Agent Carter (2015-?)

Network:

ABC

Starring:

Hayley Atwell

Shea Whigham

Lyndsy Fonseca

Plot:

Peggy Carter becomes a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent during WW2 after her boyfriend, Steve Rogers (Captain America) is feared dead in a plane crash.

Review:

I watched this live but I waited to post my review because I was so excited after seeing it I would have barely been able to write more than, it was awesome! Even now, after I’ve given it time to sit, I still want to just say, it was awesome! I’ll try for more, though.

Agent Peggy Carter, Hayley Atwell, is such a great female role model. She’s gone from being one of the front runners during WWII to being treated like a glorified secretary. None of the men she fought with during the war are working with her, so no one seems to know her true potential. It’s the forties so they treat her like she should be serving coffee and filing the paperwork they don’t want to. She takes it all in stride, though, and uses the fact that they underestimate her to her advantage. She’s one step ahead of them the entire time and able to work to her own ends. I can see this coming back to bite her in the ass later.

Agent Carter is still trying to get over the loss of Captain America but she doesn’t moon over him like the men she works with seem to think. There are several flash backs to the Captain America movie, which I kind of thought they went a little over board with, but since you can’t assume everyone has seen the movie, it was understandable. I was also hoping that some of the men she’d fought with would be in the show, but they did not make an appearance in the first two episodes.

I liked the radio story they would go to every now and then. It was Captain America saving a nurse that was forever being captured by Nazis. It showed a great contrast between how women were perceived at the time and how Agent Carter acted.

There were questions asked, questions answered, and questions left to be figured out. Tons of ass was kicked by Agent Carter and male chauvinist pigs were out witted. I am still incredibly excited about this show, but hopefully that gives you some information other than, it was awesome!

5/5