Hayley Atwell Departs Marvel Cinematic Universe For The Next Mission: Impossible

When the multiverse and timeline have been saved (mostly), what do you do, now that the action’s all dried up? Join another spy network, of course. At least, that’s what Hayley Atwell plans to do.

The former Captain America star has ditched her SHIELD colours for something more muted, as she has been roped in for the next Mission: Impossible movie.

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Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed this on his Instagram, with a simple black-and-white picture of Atwell on a black folder with the emboldened words “IMPOSSIBLE MISSION” on it, issuing some sort of challenge to the Golden Globe-nominated English actress.

Atwell responded in kind on her own Instagram account, with a grid collage version of the picture, with the caption “Mission: Accepted. Though I’m not the sort to follow orders…”

Following her stint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter has become quite the media darling, despite having limited screentime on the big screen. Her popularity spawned the Agent Carter TV series in 2015, putting her feisty-yet-classy super-spy persona to full use.


Embarking on another espionage outing in Mission: Impossible alongside Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt is certainly a no-brainer here, and will no doubt send many fans in a frenzy once she comes on screen.

The new Mission: Impossible movie will be the seventh in the long-running super-spy franchise, and is slated to release in theatres in 2021. After the critical success of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, the series has still yet to lose its verve, with an eighth entry also announced to go out in 2022.