There have been whisperings that Marvel character Agent Peggy Carter, as portrayed by Hayley Atwell, would be getting her own TV series since January (at least). Now, according to Deadline, ABC appears ready to throw their total support behind the project, and dive straight in–no pilot necessary. (That’s what a “Straight To Series” order means. Don’t be embarrassed–I had to look it up myself.)
Last month we learned details from Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely–who will be working on the new tv series. It seems possible that ABC plans Agent Carter to be a limited, serialized show–with seasons running about half the length of a traditional television season and dealing with one particular story arc at a time. This format is popular on British tv, and is popping up more and more in the U.S.–from Heroes to Under The Dome to Sleepy Hollow.
ABC may also use Agent Carter to fill the void once the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is completed–something to keep Marvel fans sated until season two starts.
Reports say the series will likely be set in 1946–mid-way through the popular Peggy Carter One-Shot included with the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Iron Man 3, but before the official formation of S.H.I.E.L.D.
If all goes well, Dominic Cooper is expected to return as Howard Stark: S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder and father of Tony–a role Cooper originated in the first Captain America film, and reprised in the one-shot.
Hayley Atwell’s contract with Marvel has been extended, essentially putting to rest any question of whether she would be returning in the show’s title role.
I’m interested in seeing how what amounts to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before there WAS a S.H.I.E.L.D.plays out–and I really like the idea of making it a period piece.
Further info regarding the show’s air date, co-stars, and other details is forthcoming.