Hayley Atwell did a Ghostbusters by coming, seeing and kicking ass. From the minute she first showed up as Agent Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, she became a favorite for her stoic approach to dealing with b.s. and bad guys. Marvel and Disney then featured her in a one-shot short where her brand of 1940’s butt-kicking espionage left fans wanting more and more. And that’s exactly what we’re gonna get too. In fact, we’re about to get so much Hayley Atwell, half the globe’s geeks just might overdoes on her hot retro violence. Not only does Agent Carter have a new show coming our way via the ABC network, but she’s also coming back to the big screen as early as 2015. You got this far because you’re a nerd. But only real bastards keep clicking!
That’s a good bastard.
Now, we last left Peggy Carter in Winter Soldier, an aged senior looking into the eyes of the strong young man who left her behind over half a century prior. But her new series will have its rightful, old school setting sometime after the events of First Avenger. She and crack inventor Howard Stark will embark on secret pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. missions while she carefully balances her mundane life with the Strategic Scientific Reserve. Much like Edgar Wright’s sizzle reel for Ant-Man, the Agent Carter one-shot could be considered a try-out piece. If so, it worked. It was well-received.
Did you receive it well? Me too.
Aside from Atwell and Dominic Cooper as Stark Sr., we don’t have any real info who’s acting in this thing. The show’s Executive Producer did express a desire to include characters from Cap’s movies, but if wishes were Gran Torino’s, I’d be Starsky and you’d be Hutch. Still, according to Film Divider, there does exist a rundown of supporting characters for the show:
“Deputy Director Roger Hooley is a hardworking, principled older man and Peggy’s boss. As you might expect, he’s bothered by ongoing problems in his personal life as well as the challenges of his day job.
Agent Jack Thompson is in his 30s, handsome and damn well knows it. The polar opposite of Dooley, he doesn’t take kindly to women in the workplace, nor how little recognition he gets. Worse, he wants Dooley’s job and is desperate to prove himself.
Edward Hutchins is a highly professional agent with an unusual problem; duplicity. He’s lying to his wife about what he does to stop her worrying. True Lies, SHIELD style.
Daniel Sousa is everything Jack Thompson wants to be. He’s a war hero who walks using a leg brace, but finds dealing with office politics to be harder than working around his injury. Sousa is also a fiercely honourable, gentle man and we’re betting he becomes one of Peggy’s major allies.
And outside of the agency, there’s Angie Martinelli. Working as an automat waitress, Angie dreams of being a singer. She’s a tough, compassionate young woman who is smart and loyal and seems set to be Peggy’s anchor to the world away from SHIELD.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is covering all its bases. We’re getting space action, average Joes, magic, mysticism, government spies, Earth stuff, monsters and now it’s keeping its feet firmly planted in the past. All we need is a movie or series set in the future and there won’t be any need or reason to have a real life outside of comic book fantasy. But Peggy’s a special case because we get pieces of her life from now and then. Old Pegs and new Pegs have a compromise on screen time, and this quote from Atwell is a clue that Marvel golden boy Joss Whedon’s bringing granny back to the party.
“We went out drinking one night and he was like, ‘You know, it would be great to write something for you. And I was like , ‘Yes, Joss, it would! It would be amazing!’”
Apparently Atwell confirmed her appearance to Entertainment Weekly and we’re just seeing that particular quote all around town. Which doesn’t say a lot.
So, what can we take from this alcohol-fueled conversation? Old Peggy could make some sort of appearance in a future Marvel flick. Or young Peggy could show up in a Rogers flashback. Or Whedon could guest-write for the Agent Carter series. Or these two clowns got too much liquor in them and ran their mouths about a bunch of shit that goes nowhere. I remember a story about the Yankees and Red Sox owners getting toasted and making a deal to exchange Joe Dimaggio with Ted Williams. The next day they woke up hungover as hell, tore up those contracts and wiped away sweat from having dodged a serious bullet. Booze will do that to you. One minute Joss Whedon’s buying you Johnny Walker Blues at the Rainbow Room and making lots of promises – next minute he dips out and stiffs you with the check.
The Agent Carter series debuts this Winter and will be 8 episodes long. It stars Atwell, Cooper and some unnamed actors playing the roles described above. My DVR cannot wait.
Source – EW Via Comic Book Movies