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A Marvel Star Signs on for the Most Impossible of Missions

Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter.
Image: Marvel Studios

Peggy Carter? Meet Ethan Hunt.

Well, okay, probably not, but possible time travel fanfiction I may or may not be working on aside, here’s some fun casting news: Hayley Atwell, known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel films and on TV’s Agent Carter, has signed on to join the next Mission: Impossible film.


As confirmed by the Hollywood Reporter, Atwell will join Tom Cruise and writer-director Christopher McQuarrie for the seventh installment in the spy-action-wild-stunt-excuse franchise, which is currently in production alongside the eighth installment, also written and directed by McQuarrie.

The news was first announced via Instagram, where McQuarrie posted a picture of Atwell along with the phrase, “Should you choose to accept…” a reference to the eponymous impossible mission. And Atwell responded, referencing her days as Peggy Carter, “Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”


Maybe, after her stint in Captain America, her own TV show, and now this, we can accept that Hayley Atwell should be a big-name action hero? I’m so ready to live in that world.

The next Mission: Impossible hits theaters July 23, 2021. 

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io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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Is it too much to ask you to delete the one poster’s paparazii shot of Ms. Atwell that basically reduces her to body parts? That’s not why we’re fans.