Hayley Atwell’s One Wish While Joining Marvel Was Fulfilled By Tom Cruise 12 Years Later


Given the trust and platform the MI franchise had given her, Hayley Atwell wanted to deliver her best performance to date. Hayley Atwell has made a reputation for herself in the entertainment business, going from performing on a London stage to being one of the most well-known actors in the world. When she joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe to play Peggy Carter alongside Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger, her notoriety multiplied twofold.

Hayley Atwell, then went on to star in multiple MCU projects, reprising her role as Peggy Carter. She had high ambitions while joining the franchise as she thought that she would be a tough and fearless character, but Marvel did her dirty as her character was not given much importance in any of the action sequences. Until, she joined Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise, fulfilling her dream to be a hardcore character.

Hayley Atwell Aspired To Be A Bada*s Character In The MCU

As the MCU fans know Hayley Atwell has been a part of a number of Marvel Cinematic Universe projects such as Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Avengers: Endgame, Agent Carter, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While the actress was outstanding in each film, her personal ambitions were not taken care of by the superhero franchise, as they decided to not give her any memorable action sequence.
Though she portrayed the role of Captain Carter in the 2022 Doctor Strange sequel, her action scene was short live as Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch killed her without breaking a sweat. In the MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Sarah Halley Finn recalls her first meeting with Hayley Atwell, who had shared her intention of being a superspy and how she “really wanted to kick some a**.”

“claiming she really wanted to kick some ass and was sick of period plays in the prettiest British accent possible. She then put in a ton of overtime. It’s wonderful that kids are aware of this readiness, but it has never been necessary. The theme has been, “Let’s locate the individual who brings this character to life.”


But when the actress from Black Mirror joined Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible franchise, her fantasy of “kicking some ass” came true—she had been waiting 17 years for this opportunity to play her biggest role.

Hayley Atwell’s Performance in Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One

One of the main draws of Mission: Impossible Dead Reckoning Part One was Hayley Atwell’s performance. In the movie, she played a thief named Grace, who steals a key needed by Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt, and The Entity, a rogue artificial intelligence. Atwell ensured that her representation of the character was perfect in the movie by allowing her to express a wide range of emotions, from play and joy to fear and guilt.
During an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Christopher Robin actress shared that wanted to give her best performance to date as the franchise has given her the “trust and the platform.” She went on to express her gratitude to Cruise and everyone involved in making the film, as she was surprised by the quality of filmmaking which she had never been a part of before.

“I had never before been allowed the trust or the platform to display such range and emotional depth in a franchise or something of this magnitude. I will always be indebted to Tom and McQ for providing the tools and daily support structure on set that allowed me to succeed. It’s been a long overdue deliverance. I’ve been in this business for 17 years, and I’ve never had the opportunity to work at this level or with this caliber of filmmaking before.

The actress’ scenes led to some vital moments in the sequel, and it is her scenes that make the movie more intriguing to watch, as she and Cruise had intense as well as hilarious moments that created a distinctive, interesting, thrilling action scene.