There are so many reasons to be upset about the loss of Marvel’s Agent Carter. Maybe you really liked the way the show handled its characters’ post-war trauma and wanted to see where that would go. Maybe you were captivated by the budding romance between Peggy and that-guy-who-isn’t-Captain-America. Or maybe you appreciated the lessons on finding self-worth, while being underestimated by your peers. For me, cancelling the show means never getting to see Peggy’s own Avengers team fully assembled.
Over at DC Comics, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and their pals form the Justice League. Much like Marvel’s Avengers, the Justice League brings together heroes with different abilities, strengths, and personalities to create a superhero team. Unlike the Avengers, though, the Justice League has a predecessor, The Justice Society of America. There are a few different versions and backstories for this team (because comic books) but after 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths series, the JSA was established as a World War II–era precursor to the Justice League. The modern day JL had Barry Allen as the Flash, while the JSA had Jay Garrick. The JL had Hal Jordan as the Green Lantern, while the JSA had Alan Scott.
In Agent Carter, we got to see Peggy start to form her own early World War II–era version of The Avengers. That’s right, the woman who helped found SHIELD also unwittingly laid the groundwork for The Avengers Initiative—Nick Fury’s original plan to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they could become something more. Let’s take a look at the characters that make up Peggy’s Avengers and see how they compare.
Peggy Carter / Captain America
Ok, let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Peggy’s connection to Captain America (a.k.a. Steve Rogers) is evident from their sadly short amount of screen time together in Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Solider. Steve and Peggy manage to equally inspire each other to trust their gut and fight for what they believe to be right. They are both the moral centre of their teams and lead with confidence and a personal compass needle that always points north.