I’ve reported on Hayley Atwell’s upcoming series ‘Agent Carter’ a few times, always with glowing expectations. I figure if I say enough nice things about her show, she’ll be my girlfriend. I’m not saying I’m dumping Sanaa Lathan, but maybe they’ll be open to a kind of 3-way thing. I’d better handle it delicately. Which seems to be the modus operandi these days when dealing with a sensitive situation. Take this Howard Stark deal, for instance. No actor was ever confirmed to co-star alongside Atwell, but the series was always touted as a Carter/Stark partnership. That means, no matter who was playing him, Stark was going to be in this project. Whether it was John Slattery, Dominic Cooper, or someone from out of left field, Carter would get her man. And she did, too.
Yes, we’re talking about Dominic Cooper.
“Cooper first played Tony Stark’s father in Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” before returning for a cameo at the end of “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter,” and now Cooper will reunite with star Hayley Atwell for the highly-anticipated television series ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter.'”
As most of us know, Howard Stark was a brilliant scientist and a ruthless businessman. He battled alcoholism and never tried to fix a very broken relationship with his son Tony. He founded Stark Industries after working with and learning from his own dad, Howard Stark Sr. In the comics, he’d die in a car crash with his wife Maria, but that all gets very smokey when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s visit Wikipedia for a little more info on our guest of honor:
“Howard was an inventive mechanical engineering prodigy, constantly creating new technology and looking for ways to improve it. He designed and built weaponry and devices that have revolutionized the industrial world, such as various technologies used by S.H.I.E.L.D. and its allies…In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the accident that killed Howard and his wife was caused by Hydra infiltrators within S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Weird how the casting for this role was up in the air for so long. We’re not saying Cooper was holding out, but it makes sense. The guy is a B-List movie star, but a movie star nonetheless. It’s not unheard of for a film actor to slum in the television world, but it’s also not that common until they lose their luster. But there we have it, Cooper will play Stark in the 8-series run of ‘Agent Carter,’ which will play on ABC during the ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ mid-season break.
This is where I start speculating a little…
How is this going down? We know that Stark will share missions with Carter during the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. and we know of the recent casting of his butler Edwin Jarvis. But remember that smokey history of the car crash that killed him and his wife? I found some weird issues with that. This ‘Avengers’ deleted scene still lists him as ACTIVE around 2011 while it says in the corner that his wife is dead by 1991.
Strangely enough, zoom out a bit and you can make out [DECEASED] in red lettering. I’m not going to speculate on some weird conspiracy theory that Stark faked his death or had some kinda Armin Zola consciousness transplant, but why is he active and dead at the same time? If you go to the above link, Carter is listed as inactive and dead. However, this still from ‘Iron Man’ has him and wife Maria dying in the same car crash.
There’s another schmoe who’s played Howard Stark, albeit only in a news clipping. For the record, here’s the third guy who played Howard Stark in ‘Iron Man 2.’ ‘Mad Men’s’ John Slattery.
In my opinion, Slattery played Stark appropriately dickish while Cooper reminds me of a smarmy snob. I’m looking forward to this show and it looks like it’s shaping up to be a winner. That is, if the production values of the ‘Carter’ one-shot are any indication of how this series is playing out. Still, I’m wondering about that strange thing about Stark being “active” in the modern day movies. Maybe that’s why it’s a deleted scene, because it didn’t make any sense. Mostly because Cap is looking through files that list Carter as dead, but then he goes to see her on her deathbed in ‘Winter Soldier.’ For a Marvel timeline breakdown that DOES make sense, check here.
So just forget I said anything…for now.
Instead, bask in the greatness of Cooper finally being cast as Stark and Atwell’s superb beauty, fantastic acting skills, and take-no-prisoners ass-kickery! (See that, Hayley? Seriously…call me. We’ll go to KFC and I’ll spend my whole unemployment check on you!)
Via – Marvel