Over the past week or so we’ve seen a lot of TV shows get renewed, canceled, or picked up. It’s like the television Hunger Games out there, and while there have been casualties, more than a few new series coming our way look fantastic (Gotham or Constantine, anyone?)
One of those most promising and most anticipated of the new offerings is Marvel’s Agent Carter, for which we now have this great promotional art (above, click to embiggen) and an official synopsis.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life–Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
With Agent Carter, Marvel is beginning to craft a television universe in tandem with their movie universe. I wouldn’t expect any explicit crossover with ABC’s Agents of SHIELD – the two series are taking place 68 years apart – but the recent, staggering developments in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier could be seen in their infancy on Agent Carter.
Plus, I don’t think anyone can complain about another opportunity for Hayley Atwell to play confidant, kick ass Peggy Carter. Her appearance in The Winter Soldier was bittersweet, but fans eager for more of the Carter that wasn’t only one of the boys, but commanded the boys, Agent Carter sounds like a dream come true.
Agent Carter‘s executive producers will be The Winter Soldier writers Christopher Markus and Steve McFeely. The two wrote the pilot that obviously impressed ABC so much they ordered it to series with Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. Those ladies will also serve as showrunners, which makes it all the more exciting to see how the Agent Carter tackles sexism is post-WWII America; a topic the above synopsis makes clear will be central to the show.
The synopsis also names Howard Stark as a returning character, yet it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not Dominic Cooper is reprising his role from The First Avenger. Hopefully he will as his and Atwell’s chemistry was top notch.
The upcoming ABC Upfronts will confirm when Agent Carter is expected to air. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, how excited are your for Agent Carter? Is it one of the possible new series you were happy to see picked up?