The hype is in overdrive for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and why not, it’s going to be massive hit right?. Still, Marvel Studios, a subsidiary of Disney, is a building a massive entertainment empire that needs to expand or die (I guess). So while doing press for the new Captain America film, the topics of conversations have come to include a potential TV spin-off of the franchise, the one featuring Cap’s girl Friday from The First Avenger.

While talking to Collider about The Winter Soldier, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely were asked to segue into the topic of Agent Carter, the proposed series currently under development at ABC and Marvel about the character played by Hayley Atwell in the first Captain America movie.

One might consider the Agent Carter One-Shot from the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray to be a proof of concept, but McFeely says that the show won’t pick-up were the short leaves off, with Carter heading to Washington to run the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D. “We can’t get her to the end of S.H.I.E.L.D. that fast,” he said. “We wanna stay in that world longer where people are disrespecting her and she’s proving herself and going on missions and things like that.”

In another interesting twist, McFeely adds that Agent Carter will be a departure from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and other network dramas in that it will unlikely produce 22 or 23 episodes per year. [13 episodes] is how this is envisioned, maybe even less,” he explained, adding that part of the reason is to accommodate Atwell’s theater and film commitments. “That’s my hope, is that it would be something like [Under the Dome].  Our case would be that it would be a limited series and you would wrap up that one bad guy and that one case, and then if you like it we’ll do it again next year and it’s 1947.”

The concept of a limited number of episodes per season is old hat for cable and British TV, but its an idea that’s getting more and more of a workout on the networks, the aforementioned Under the Dome being a good example, as well as current hits Sleepy Hollow and The Following. It’s possible that ABC might use Agent Carter as a summer series, or it might be used to break up segments of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so that new episodes of a Marvel show are playing continuously all year.

In a final note, McFeely and Markus suggested that there could be an opportunity for Dominic Cooper to return as Howard Stark on a recurring basis depending on the actor’s availability and level of interest.
In any event, all plans concerning Agent Carter are soft until ABC officially gives the go-ahead. If The Winter Soldier’s a smash hit that may be sooner than you think, but realistically we may not learn more until the announcement of the new fall schedule in May. Whenever we get that news, and whatever it is, we’ll let you know here. Stay tuned.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Category: Film, TV

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