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Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, not Captain America: The First Avenger, but it seems he liked what he saw in one of Steve Rogers’ pals. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel flick, has boarded the cast of Branagh’s Cinderella.

The Brit actress joins a promising cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham CarterRichard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Hit the jump to find out exactly how Atwell fits in.

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Poor Captain America never saw his lady love again, but we’re about to. As it turns out, even after her superpowered boyfriend plunged into the Arctic Ocean, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) kept fighting the good fight with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s new short Agent Carter picks up a year after the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, following the SSR analyst on her quest to find the mysterious “Zodiac.” In advance of the film’s premiere at Comic-Con, Marvel has revealed a new poster and a trio of images. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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Did James Gunn post a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy production offices? Were there secrets in the trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was that Luke Cage in the footage? Has the director of Kick-Ass 2 finished the film? Have more detailed leaked on the Peggy Carter Marvel One-Shot? Exactly how long is Man of Steel? Want to see some new concept art from Iron Man 3? Was Hitler happy with Iron Man 3? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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The second Captain America film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is currently in production. With that production announcement came the surprising reveal that Hayley Atwell would be returning. In the first film, Atwell played Peggy Carter, a kickass soldier and the love interest of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), but after he was frozen for several decades that ship seemingly sailed for the superhero. How exactly she’ll return in the modern-day sequel, whether it be as an older woman (as revealed in The Avengers deleted scene) or in some kind of flashback, has yet to be determined. The actress recently suggested she’ll reprise the role even sooner than that.

In a new interview, Atwell said she filmed something as Peggy that might be shown at San Diego Comic-Con. Read her quote below. Read More »

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set for release one year from now, on April 4, 2014. So that’s exactly how long directors Anthony and Joe Russo will have to complete the film. Principal photography began Monday, and Disney released the first image along with a full press release. The release confirms the returns of Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, and the presence of new additions Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Georges St. Pierre and others. Read it below and see the first image from the film in high res. Read More »

Despite the seven-decade leap between Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there are a few stars from the former set to reprise their roles in the latter. That group includes Chris Evans as the title character, obviously, along with Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Toby Jones as Arnim Zola. It won’t, however, include Stanley Tucci, who revealed in a recent interview that his character Dr. Abraham Erskine won’t be in the sequel.

But contrary to previous reports, Tucci claims that Cap’s former flame Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) will make an appearance after all, as part of a flashback sequence. Hit the jump for more details.

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The character Captain America has had a couple of prime love interests, most prominent being Peggy Carter, encountered in his “pre-freeze” days in the ’40s, and Sharon Carter, originally written as Peggy’s sister, but later turned into her niece, when Cap is revived in the present. (Whatever “the present” happens to mean, depending on when the story is being told.)

Hayley Atwell played Peggy in Captain America: The First Avenger, and did a wonderful job with the role. Various story elements, however, including the fact that Cap now lives in our present, meant that Peggy wasn’t likely to be a part of the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Atwell could always be recast as Sharon, but that was never likely to happen, and the actress has now confirmed that she won’t be part of the sequel at all. Read More »

Filming starts on one sequel, you can help with another and much more in today’s Sequel Bits:

  • Choose a scene to film, which could become part of The Empire Strikes Back Uncut.
  • Scary Movie 5starring Ashley Tisdale, starts shooting in Atlanta, GA Tuesday.
  • Hayley Atwell is likely in Captain America: The Winter Solider, but won’t say for sure.
  • Jim Carrey has now been confirmed for Kick-Ass 2.
  • A major spoiler for the final battle of Iron Man 3 has been revealed.
  • Dwayne Johnson stopped a robbery on the set of Fast and Furious 6.

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