By Marc Strom
Hayley Atwell returns to action this fall with “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter,” the latest short film directed by Marvel Studios Co-President Louis D’Esposito available exclusively on Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray along with high-definition and standard-definition digital downloads.
|"Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter" one-sheet poster|
If you’re heading to Comic-Con International in San Diego and can’t wait until “Iron Man 3” hits Blu-ray September 24 and digital download September 3, we’ve got a special screening of the film Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. PT at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15! Hit up the Marvel Booth (#2329) at the San Diego Convention Center to get your tickets during the show for the chance to be one of the first to see “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
Both Atwell and D’Esposito step back into familiar roles for this short, with the actress reprising her role from Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and the director taking up the camera once again after last year’s “Marvel One-Shot: Item 47.”
The latest “Marvel One-Shot” tells the story of what Peggy Carter got up to after World War II and her adventures with Cap, and returns to a character both fans and D’Esposito wanted to see again.
|Hayley Atwell stars as Peggy Carter in "Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter"|
“We’ve always wanted to do a Peggy Carter short,” explains the director. “We all knew Peggy Carter, because of the portrayal of Hayley Atwell, was a fan-favorite and a Marvel Studios favorite. She’s always been forefront for us.”
Given his experience directing “Marvel One-Shot: Item 47” and overseeing the whole slate of Marvel Studios films, you’d expect D’Esposito might know everything about filmmaking, but the director feels he’s constantly growing.
“You’re always learning,” relates D’Esposito. “I always get nervous when I’m doing something like this. Every time I walk onto set on one of our films, there’s that feeling of butterflies in your stomach, and if you lose that, then I think something’s wrong. This might have been a little bit more difficult because it’s double in size, I would say, and we only had one day more. So there’s that pressure all the time, and I never want to let our actors down. I want to tell a great story that we can all be proud of.”
|Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter in "Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter"|
Looking back at “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter,” D’Esposito points to one moment in particular that stands out for him and represents Peggy’s character in a nutshell.
“We adlibbed it on the day, but I particularly liked when Peggy looks into her compact at a bad guy. She’s using it as a periscope device, then she takes a moment and looks at herself. I think that’s the essence of what she’s about and what the film’s about. Not only is she--especially in that time--a woman in a man’s world, she still maintains her femininity, and I think that’s what’s cool about her.”
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more on “Marvel One-Shot: Peggy Carter,” available September 24 on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-ray and September 3 with “Iron Man 3” on high- and standard-definition digital download! Pre-order the "Iron Man 3" 3D Super Set,the "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray Combo Pack and "Iron Man 3" in HD Digital on iTunes today!