Warning: This article contains spoilers for What If…? season 2.


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Summary

  • Captain Carter’s return in Avengers: Secret Wars is likely after the events of What If…? season 2.
  • Captain Carter’s power upgrades make her one of the MCU’s most powerful superheroes.
  • It’s highly probable that Captain Carter will have a major role in Avengers: Secret Wars as she is What If…?’s most prominent hero.

Captain Carter returns to action in new MCU fan art suggesting Hayley Atwell’s superhero could reappear in 2027’s Avengers: Secret Wars. Hayley Atwell has portrayed Peggy Carter since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, but debuted as a super-soldier variant of Peggy in Marvel Studios’ What If…? season 1, having taken the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers. Captain Carter has since become a staple of What If…?’s multiversal storylines, and was gifted an even larger role in What If…? season 2 after appearing in live-action in 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but the character’s future in the MCU is unclear after What If…? season 2’s finale.

Hayley Atwell’s appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness saw her portray a different version of Captain Carter, a member of Earth-838’s Illuminati instead of the Guardians of the Multiverse. While this variant died at the hands of the Scarlet Witch, it’s possible more live-action variants will be seen in the MCU’s future, potentially in Phase 6’s Avengers: Secret Wars. This has previously been depicted in stunning fan art shared by Carpa, though reimagined with Secret Wars in mind by Juan Regueira Rodríguez.

Captain Carter’s return amid Avengers: Secret Wars’ multiversal narrative is very likely, particularly after the dramatic and multiverse-changing events of 2023’s What If…? season 2.

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Captain Carter could have a bright future in the MCU after her appearances as Multiverse variants of Peggy Carter in What If…? and Doctor Strange 2.


Captain Carter’s Live-Action Return Is More Likely After What If…? Season 2

What If…? season 2 explored several new alternate realities and variant characters, but also focused on a few that had previously been introduced in What If…? season 1. While Strange Supreme became a formidable villain in the season finale, Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter saw some huge power upgrades, making her capable of defeating the powerful and mystical Strange. What If…? season 2’s finale saw Captain Carter wield the six Infinity Stones, Hela’s enchanted crown, her own vibranium shield and enhanced swords gifted to her by a Hulk-Thor crossover. This set her up to be one of the MCU’s most powerful superheroes, which could prove vital to Avengers: Secret Wars.

Avengers: Secret Wars is expected to feature many heroes and villains from across the MCU’s multiverse, including characters from Fox’s X-Men Universe, Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, and potentially even Marvel Studios’ own What If…?. With Captain Carter being one of the most prominent heroes in What If…?, it makes sense for her to be included in Avengers: Secret Wars, and with her recent power upgrades, she is more than capable of fighting alongside some of the main MCU’s strongest heroes. Captain Carter’s involvement in Avengers: Secret Wars hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it’s more than likely she’ll have a major role to play in the Multiverse Saga’s final project.

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