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Reasons to Get Excited for ‘Agent Carter’

by Iris Doubleday

With the success of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and an ever-increasing collection of hit Blockbuster films, Marvel has been dominating the superhero scene. Now, we can look forward to a newcomer to the Marvel TV world: upcoming ABC series Agent Carter. While the show hasn’t started yet, we do know some details that are enough to get us excited.

Familiar Faces from Captain America

The idea for Agent Carter was inspired by the One-Shot of the same name that was released with Iron Man 3’s DVD/Blu-Ray. In the short, Hayley Atwell reprised her role as Peggy Carter from the Captain America films, now as a newly recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. agent searching for the “Zodiac” key. The Agent Carter series will take place in a 1940s setting during the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., with the Cold War as a backdrop. Show creators Tara Butters and Michael Fazekas have confirmed that some of the villains will be from the USSR. The series will begin with the premise that it is now one year after the first Captain America, revealing something of the world and the people that Steve Rogers left behind.

If Hayley Atwell as a leading actress isn’t enough, we also know that Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will be directing the second and third episodes of the series. We can also expect to see Joe Johnston, director of Captain America: The First Avenger, directing an episode as well. And finally, to cement the connection, the show’s pilot was written by two Captain America screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

Leading Lady in a Period Piece

As a spy thriller set in New York during the Cold War era, Agent Carter is bound to be something different from what we’ve seen from Marvel so far. The fact that this show will be a period piece means that Hayley Atwell will be playing a female character dealing with all sorts of issues that come with the territory. As a woman in a position of power, she will have to prove herself worthy of respect in a society where it is believed that women should not be serving in the agency. Sexism and lack of respect will clearly be an overarching challenge for Peggy Carter throughout the show, and she will be able to provide a role model as a strong, capable woman who can take care of herself.

Unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with its focus on a team of agents working together, Agent Carter will be telling the story of one agent working by herself and will therefore set itself apart. This focus on one main protagonist will give the writers a chance to really explore and develop this character who only played a supporting role in the Captain America films.

Potential for Crossovers

Speaking of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the fact that these shows will be running at the same time leads us to wonder whether there is a potential for crossovers. While the time difference will make this more difficult, Marvel is known for the interconnectivity between its stories as they all take place in the same universe, and Clark Gregg hinted that a crossover is possible in an interview at Comic-Con, saying “I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw something in Agent Carter that connected to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

So, while we may not get a direct crossing over of characters such as Lady Sif’s appearance in S.H.I.E.L.D., we can bet that the shows will acknowledge each other. Part of what makes Marvel so unique is the way the stories interact with each other, as we saw when the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier had a huge impact on the ending of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s first season. The addition of Agent Carter to the Marvel universe will only allow for more of these possibilities, and we can’t wait to see what they will do with the show.

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