This is a post designed to get you to ship Peggy/Gabe since only two people replied to my post asking where the Peggy/Gabe shippers at.
GABE JONES. Ain’t he fine?
(Gabe Jones was portrayed by Derek Luke in Captain America: the First Avenger.)
The comic book Gabe Jones was a member of the Howling Commandos since their first issue in 1963. Making him Marvel’s first real black hero (though not a superhero since the Howlers had no special powers.)
In fact, the creation of Gabe Jones was so revolutionary that the printers initially assumed he was a white dude and he looked like this:
PEGGY CARTER. She’s cool af.
In the comics, Peggy was a French resistance spy called “Agent 13.” She had a dalliance with Captain America but he never knew her real name.
Obviously, the MCU canon has changed this so that Peg and Cap worked together for years. But it also means that Peggy worked with the Howling Commandos for years. So in the MCU, she met Gabe much earlier than she did in comics continuity. (Remember, the Howlers were under Nick Fury’s direction, not Cap’s.)
In Agent Carter, Peggy has the respect and the trust of the Howling Commandos. She can just call them up and they’ll come and help her out. I would’ve loved to have seen Gabe in the Howling Commando episode because more Gabe is always good. But also because he would be facing the problem of coming home too–she’s a woman and he’s black.
They could bond over their shared frustration with the government agencies they work for not letting them advance, and over their shared grief for the “death” of Captain America.
In the comics, Peggy meets Gabe when she decides to join SHIELD like her (then) sister Sharon Carter. She is in her 40s at that time and Cap thinks she’s too old and will hurt herself. Not Gabe.
[[Insert image of Peggy and Gabe beating up Hydra guys. Peggy says they’re surprised a woman in her 40s is capable and Gabe is like, “Yeah they were always surprised when I beat them in the war or whatever.” I saw this panel recently on tumblr WHERE IS IT?!? Google search has failed me.]]
Nick Fury made Peggy and Gabe partners for a time. And they fell in love. Of course the best part was how mad it made Red Skull.
Since Nazis hate “race mixing” (and still do, according to the Jessica Jones showrunner) it makes me happy to think of Peggy dedicating her life to stopping Hydra and then in her spare time, pissing them off some more.
Now, for the MCU, Peggy gets married. This presents a problem for Peggy/Gabe shippers because there were laws in place in the 50s that kept mixed race couples from getting married in most states then. However, they could have found a place (like Washington, DC that would’ve made the union legal.) And, perhaps this is me reaching, I think it’s a bit odd that Peggy never says who her husband is, nor does she take his last name in the interview Steve watches at the Smithsonian.
Like maybe she’s married to Gabe Jones and it’s not a secret but not something the Smithsonian is cool with advertising.
We also know that Gabe was for sure one of the soldiers she mentioned as being saved by Cap in her Smithsonian interview. She mentions the 107th. Those are the Howling Commandos. Gabe is a Howling Commando.