Peggy, Miss Carter, Agent Carter, Marge, Margaret, Peg. Sometimes it seems like everyone has a different way of referring to the World War II vet and founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. The names she uses, and the names she gets assigned to her have significant consequences for the story Marvel’s Agent Carter is telling. Let’s take a look at the major characters in Agent Carter and see what their choice of name says about them, and about our heroine.
Agent (as Peggy self-identifies)
This scene from the first season of the outstanding Marvel’s Agent Carter is a defining moment for the character. Peggy is investigating an explosion at the Roxxon building and its connection to vita-radiation, when the man she is speaking with says, “I didn’t know our government had such good taste in secretaries. What’s your name, darling?” In the face of being sexualized while on the job, our hero calmly replies: “Agent.” It’s the thesis for the whole series, and the driving motivation for the character.