Woman Crush Wednesday: Hayley Atwell — ‘Black Mirror’ Griever & Captain America’s Crush

When Marvel’s Agent Carter struggled to succeed in the ratings as a mid-season fill-in for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ABC was impressed with Hayley Atwell enough to give her the lead in a new crime drama, Conviction. And while Conviction won’t be renewed for a second season, the recent buzz around the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix is sure to remind a few subscribers of Atwell’s appearance in the second season of the creepy tech-drama.

To help celebrate the weekly millennial tradition of recognizing admirable females on hump day, what follows is a look at why actress Hayley Atwell — not to mention some of the characters she has played — makes a good candidate for Woman Crush Wednesday.

Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Hayley Atwell made her MCU debut in Captain America: The First Avenger as Peggy Carter. Unfortunately for her character, it was the only movie in the Avengers franchise to take place in the 1940s. While she made an appearance in The Winter Soldier as a 96-year-old version of Agent Carter, and again in Avengers: Age of Ultron, fans wanted to see more of Peggy. On top of making a few appearances in flashbacks on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she was given the opportunity to star in two seasons of her own spin-off, Marvel’s Agent Carter.

With Conviction already on its way out for ABC, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe going as strong as ever, there’s no doubt a lot of Agent Carter fans will be making the case for a third season. Unfortunately, the first two seasons of Agent Carter aren’t currently available to stream on Netflix, Hulu, or ABC’s website. The two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in which she appears (Episodes 2 and 8 of the second season) can be streamed on Netflix.

Hayes Morrison on Conviction

As noted by the Hollywood Reporter, ABC has decided not to renew Atwell’s current show Conviction for a second season. While all 13 episodes of the program will air — and ABC has retained cast options — there’s no reason to believe viewers will get a sophomore season. In Conviction, Atwell plays the daughter of a former POTUS who leads a team that helps investigate cases in which the convicted have been wrongly accused.

Conviction currently airs Monday nights on ABC at 10:00 p.m. EST. Past episodes can be aired on-demand via Hulu or ABC’s official website.


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Martha on Black Mirror

In between Marvel movies The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier, the London-born actress played the lead in an episode of the British science fiction series Black Mirror for the show’s second season. For those who haven’t heard about one of the most recent Netflix obsessions, Black Mirror is like a modern version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents or The Twilight Zone, with an emphasis on how our dependence and fascination with technology could lead to a dystopian future. Without revealing too much of a spoiler about Atwell’s specific episode — titled “Be Right Back,” serving as the first episode of the second season — suffice it to say that she turns to technology to help cope with the loss of a loved one.

Hayley Atwell in other roles

For those who simply can’t get enough of Hayley Atwell, there are at least a couple of movies you can stream on Netflix. In the movie Jimi: All Is By My Side, Atwell plays Kathy Etchingham, a British writer who was an important part of Jimi Hendrix’s life in London just before his music career really took off. Hayley also plays a supporting role in the noir thriller I, Anna, a British film about a detective with insomnia (Gabriel Byrne) who has an encounter with a mysterious woman (Charlotte Rampling) as he investigates a murder.

Woman Crush Wednesday: Hayley Atwell (w/ Chris Hemsworth)
Chris Hemsworth and Hayley Atwell [Image by Kevin Winters/Getty Images]

Fans of Hayley Atwell as the SHIELD founder in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be pleased to know that she will be reprising the role in the near future — in animated form. Atwell will voice Agent Carter in the fourth season of the Disney XD show Avengers Assemble. Currently in its third season, no date has been confirmed for the debut of Season 4.

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