She’s currently filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, alongside a cast that includes Scarlett Johansson and Robert Redford.
“Is Robert Redford in it? Really?” she exclaims. “Well, there you go, that shows how much I know! But now you have told me, and because I love him, I am going to call up the Marvel family, find out when he is filming, then I’ll go down to the set to stalk him. That is my privilege! Thanks for the tip.”
Her ignorance about the addition of Hollywood royalty to the cast could be forgiven, though: her character, Peggy Carter, appears only in a few flashback scenes in this sequel. But there is good news for fans of Peggy (of whom Atwell enthuses “she can do everything Captain America can do but backwards, in high heels”).
She reveals: “Fans of the first film really wanted to find out what happened to Peggy afterwards, so Marvel are also making a short film, which is basically ‘What Peggy Did Next’, which will be shown at Comic-Con [the annual international pop culture convention held in San Diego] and be on the DVD extras of the second film.
So as well as doing a bit in the new film, I’ve got a whole new spin-off short film. It has been great to be back in training with the stunt co-ordinators, kicking some butt again.”