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Face Off: Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) vs. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

01.18.2016by: Droz

Points wise, Olivia Munn had the advantage last week. Despite this, the votes went for Lauren Cohan. Sounds okay to me. Olivia is hot and I enjoy the sight of her, but Lauren is quite the looker too. They're both great choices. I can't fault anyone's selection there.

This week sees the return of Agent Carter and the blissful joy which comes with weekly doses of Hayley Atwell. Then later in the year we're getting the next CAPTAIN AMERICA movie and probably some substantial new stuff with Black Widow, who is of course played by Scarlett Johansson. Two super hot Marvel heroes played by two even hotter Hollywood hotties. Who embodies their hot alter ego best?

Beauty

Agent Carter's original comic appearance differs from her MCU in lots of ways. That said, the modern day revision to the character is inspired thinking. Peggy is unique among the various characters currently portrayed in the MCU and to the showrunners' credit, they have gone all out to embrace those differences with this show. In fact, they seem just as smitten with Peggy's looks as the rest of us fans and thus tend to cast her in an old Hollywood movie glow appropriate to the historical era Peggy routinely kicks her ass in. The result is nothing short of swoon inducing.

There's plenty to enjoy about Ms. Romanoff here. Maybe you dig her fighting skills. Or perhaps her skin tight Avengers suits are more to your liking. Those are great for sure and I can see why they would draw the lion's share of attention. One shouldn't overlook all the good things happening above Natasha's pretty neck. Those continuously restyled red locks and pretty face, belying her deadly nature, are two of Black Widow's most distinctive and effective calling cards.

Body

One of the things I've personally lamented about this show is how few opportunities Peggy has to get out of those demure 40s fashions of hers and into something more provocative. I get it. In the times were dealing with on this show, you're unlikely to see anyone, much less any self respecting women, running around in skin tight anything with the tits popping out. Doesn't mean I have to like the situation. Peggy would look so amazing in one of those Avengers suits. She was simply born too early.

As I said above, one of the main draws with Black Widow is her bod. Each of The Avengers has their unique visual appeal. Hulk has his, well, hulkness, Cap has his patriotic suit, Iron Man has his slick gadgetry. Black Widow has her f*ckability. Some people scoff at this character's inclusion among so many widely different and far more powerful characters. But when her sweet T&A and curvy shape get packed into too tight a suit, it puts her on the same level as those other guys. You've never seen a creature as big as The Hulk and you've never seen a woman as bangable as Black Widow.

Hotness

One could call the modern day reimagining of Peggy Carter something of a nod to the more egalitarian perceptions of the sexes in the 21st century. Peggy makes her magic happen without the kind of boldface displays of sexuality you see in other female characters in this universe. In fact, outside of the scene above, we really didn't see much of Peggy's T&A at all last season. So why tie them up here, you might ask? Well, I don't necessarily need to have tits shoved in my face to find a woman hot. Watching Peggy easily beat up a henchman (and sometimes take a beating) or just brandish a shotgun with bravado is kind of hot in its own way.

The highly sexualized approach Black Widow takes to things is much more in keeping with the usual way comics handle the ladies. Not to get on a feminist tirade or anything, but you're not likely to see any dudes in any of the major comics showing off their packages the way she does. This lopsided emphasis on sex might rub some the wrong way, but not me. As someone in a demographic to which such sexy displays like Black Widow's are intended, the effect is entirely acceptable and welcome. Political correctness be damned.

Character

While the version of Peggy Carter from the comics is pretty different from the MCU, the connection she has to Steve Rogers remains the same in both iterations. This connection has driven so much of Peggy's actions in her many appearances, both in the movies and on television and I've been genuinely moved by the pain Peggy endured over the loss of her literal perfect guy. There's a star-crossed aspect to the two of them that's kind of bittersweet. Those aspects and more definitely make Peggy the more interesting of these two characters for me.

There are a couple different calls one could make on this one, depending on which iteration of Black Widow we're talking about. The character from the comic has a dense, intriguing story line worthy of a win here. The version of Black Widow we see in the MCU, eh, not as much. The movies have made a few limited references to her background and show next to nothing about how she lives her life away from the ass kicking. A Black Widow movie could solve this, but that doesn't look like it will ever happen. So I fear she will remain indefinitely, unjustly not fleshed out. And that's unfortunate.

Actress

Hayley is not only among my favorite celeb hotties, she might be my very favorite of them all. That's a hard call to make, what with all the pleasantly curvy, beautiful, sexually potent English women running around today. If I had to pick one from out of that myriad of hot women to have as my own, my choice would probably be Hayley. Even if I didn't pick her, I'd probably end up regretting I didn't.

It sucks that the only remaining vestige of the Scarlett we once knew and loved is her depiction of Black Widow. The actual Scarlett who exists today, with her mangled hair and conservative mommy dress, is a mere shadow of that once beloved and well covered movie hottie. Yet another reason why motherhood sucks. Somebody give us back the sexy show off Scarlett!

Peggy

If only the above poster were true. Scarlett and Hayley have both gone above and beyond with their individual efforts at infusing the sexy both into their characters and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. For that they both deserve all the praise one can muster. However, where quality of character and my personal fondness for actresses go, I'm all about Hayley. She's my ultimate dream girl.

Just one man's opinion. What are your thoughts?

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2:53AM on 01/21/2016

I'm going to cheat...

Because I hate having to choose between these two fabulous women.
So I am going to say Peggy over Black Widow, because she is such a fabulous character, one of the most fully realized female heroines around.
But on the other hand I'm going to go for Scarlett over Hayley. As much as I love Haley (and I do really love her), she's a bit more full-figured than my ideal.
Because I hate having to choose between these two fabulous women.
So I am going to say Peggy over Black Widow, because she is such a fabulous character, one of the most fully realized female heroines around.
But on the other hand I'm going to go for Scarlett over Hayley. As much as I love Haley (and I do really love her), she's a bit more full-figured than my ideal.
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4:50PM on 01/19/2016

Black Widow

Nobody beats Scarlett in leather, dude.
Nobody beats Scarlett in leather, dude.
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9:46AM on 01/19/2016

Hayley

I can't knock SJ for any reason, she is beautiful, sexual & feminine and plays her part well. I have a total weakness for posh totty and Hayley is that and a lot more. Dream girl
I can't knock SJ for any reason, she is beautiful, sexual & feminine and plays her part well. I have a total weakness for posh totty and Hayley is that and a lot more. Dream girl
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3:26AM on 01/19/2016

(I agree, but...) Black Widow!

Everything you said is true, but I still can't vote for Hayley. Scarlett's beauty is too undeniably rare for her not to win this
Everything you said is true, but I still can't vote for Hayley. Scarlett's beauty is too undeniably rare for her not to win this
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12:16AM on 01/19/2016

I agree, Atwell for the win.

I think she's prettier, and she definitely has a better body. I've seen Scarlett naked and although her tits are nice, she doesn't have a great body (and has put on quite a bit of weight at times in the past). If this is the actual character comparison, then I'll take Carter's no-nonsense ass kicker over Johansson's unrealistic acrobat/ninja character. But let's be honest, anyone here would be thrilled beyond their wildest dreams with either woman (or fictional character).
I think she's prettier, and she definitely has a better body. I've seen Scarlett naked and although her tits are nice, she doesn't have a great body (and has put on quite a bit of weight at times in the past). If this is the actual character comparison, then I'll take Carter's no-nonsense ass kicker over Johansson's unrealistic acrobat/ninja character. But let's be honest, anyone here would be thrilled beyond their wildest dreams with either woman (or fictional character).
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11:10PM on 01/18/2016

Carter

Widow looks way too much like Walken to do anything for me. She needs mucho makeup to meet the standards of Atwell.
Widow looks way too much like Walken to do anything for me. She needs mucho makeup to meet the standards of Atwell.
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10:29PM on 01/18/2016

Black Widow

Pure sex and badassery.
Pure sex and badassery.
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1:32PM on 01/18/2016

Black Widow all the way...

I have to say that this call has more to do with the fact that the actress playing her has a permanent seat on the Board of directors for the Spank Bank. So, yeah, I like Widow better.
On a whole unrelated topic. Can we stop with the ties!?!?! There has been way too many ties in categories leading to ties in the competition. If we can not make a stand here for something as trivial as who we think is hotter, then how are we ever going to fix big things like the economy or homelessness.
I have to say that this call has more to do with the fact that the actress playing her has a permanent seat on the Board of directors for the Spank Bank. So, yeah, I like Widow better.
On a whole unrelated topic. Can we stop with the ties!?!?! There has been way too many ties in categories leading to ties in the competition. If we can not make a stand here for something as trivial as who we think is hotter, then how are we ever going to fix big things like the economy or homelessness. Be bold, take a stand.
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12:22PM on 01/18/2016

Agent Carter Has the Punch

I agree with your verdict: Agent Carter/Hayley Atwell wins. IMO Agent Carter is the more interesting because she's not confined by Marvel's restrictions on what can be done with the character, whereas Black Widow is. As for Hayley, she also beats Scarlett in the sexy department; especially now that ScarJo is a mommy. (Babies REALLY kill a woman's sexiness)
I agree with your verdict: Agent Carter/Hayley Atwell wins. IMO Agent Carter is the more interesting because she's not confined by Marvel's restrictions on what can be done with the character, whereas Black Widow is. As for Hayley, she also beats Scarlett in the sexy department; especially now that ScarJo is a mommy. (Babies REALLY kill a woman's sexiness)
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11:42AM on 01/18/2016

Black Widow

That Captain America love story was a nice touch for Peggy but it really only was one movie and I would argue that the friendship between Rogers and Widow is now more developed. So far, Widow is still the most badass non-powered character of the MCU and that gives her an edge.
That Captain America love story was a nice touch for Peggy but it really only was one movie and I would argue that the friendship between Rogers and Widow is now more developed. So far, Widow is still the most badass non-powered character of the MCU and that gives her an edge.
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10:04AM on 01/18/2016
Good choice, Scarlet isn't all that to me. Haley however, that voice is like velvet.
Good choice, Scarlet isn't all that to me. Haley however, that voice is like velvet.
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8:47AM on 01/18/2016

Haley...

Both are smart and gorgeous ass-kickers but Hayley is every man's dream come true.
Both are smart and gorgeous ass-kickers but Hayley is every man's dream come true.
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8:18AM on 01/18/2016

Are we voting for the characters or the actresses?

If it's the latter, I vote for Hayley.
If it's the latter, I vote for Hayley.
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7:56AM on 01/18/2016

tough one

but its Haley for me, what a woman!
but its Haley for me, what a woman!
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6:38AM on 01/18/2016

Black Widow

As much as I love Hayley Atwell this has to go to Black Widow. I'd give beauty to Peggy Carter and everything else to Black Widow. Scarlett is just an amazing woman and Hayley isn't far behind.
As much as I love Hayley Atwell this has to go to Black Widow. I'd give beauty to Peggy Carter and everything else to Black Widow. Scarlett is just an amazing woman and Hayley isn't far behind.
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6:03AM on 01/18/2016

Black Widow

Both are hot as hell!!
Both are hot as hell!!
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5:25AM on 01/18/2016
I'd play hide the zucchini with Peggy over Natasha.
I'd play hide the zucchini with Peggy over Natasha.
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