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Why Peggy Carter Doesn't Call Herself Captain Britain In The MCU

Warning: This article contains spoilers for What If...? episode one.

Though Steve Rogers is Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's a reason Marvel's What If...? doesn't have Peggy Carter go by Captain Britain. After Lady Loki (Sophia Di Martino) released the Multiverse in the Loki finale, there were endless possibilities in the MCU. And that's what Marvel's animated Disney+ show, What If...?, is all about. The series looks at various alternative storylines in the MCU and how small changes could alter the course of Marvel's history. To show the stories are a canon part of the Marvel universe, several MCU actors reprise their characters. Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes), and Stanley Tucci (Abraham Erskine) were among the stars who returned for the premiere.

In the What If...? premiere, Peggy Carter finally gets her due. After Carter chooses to watch Steve Rogers' (voiced by Josh Keaton) transformation into a super-soldier from the floor instead of the safety of a booth, the events of Captain America: The First Avenger completely change. Instead of Rogers becoming a super-soldier, Carter does. The change alters several events, including saving Bucky Barnes from becoming the Winter Soldier and preventing a scrawny Steve Rogers from being trapped in ice. Instead, it's Carter who's transported away for 70 years after she fights a Shuma-Gorath-like monster back into a portal.

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After taking over as a super-soldier, Carter makes a notable change to her name. In the What If..? premiere, Carter takes the war effort into her own hands and uses the moniker of Captain Carter. With Rogers known as Captain America, it'd make sense for Carter, who's British, to become the MCU's Captain Britain. After all, there's already a character known as Captain Britain in Marvel's comics, so it'd be an easy transition to use that name in the MCU. However, there are a few different reasons that Carter does the name change.

The name Captain Carter is a way to honor the character. Though she was an integral part of the MCU and a founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter often gets sidelined when thinking about Marvel's strongest characters. In addition to being put on the back burner, the character's critically praised TV series, Agent Carter, was unceremoniously canceled after two seasons. The cancellation left numerous unanswered questions about Carter's backstory and a sour taste in fans' mouths. The Captain Carter name is a way to give a nod to the character's importance and the impact that she's had on the MCU.

Additionally, Captain Carter is true to herself. Though there's a Captain Britain in Marvel Comics, it doesn't have much to do with Carter. And there's no reason Carter should have to give up her title in the name of patriotism. In an interview (via Polygon), What If...? head writer A.C. Bradley noted that Carter doesn't hide behind a mask, so the character has no reason to hide her real name. Simply put, the name Captain Carter celebrates Peggy Carter, and there's no need for Marvel to mask that.

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Marvel's What If...? releases new episodes Wednesdays on Disney+.

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