Haley Atwell is set to reprise her big screen role of Agent Peggy Carter is ABC’s new miniseries, Marvel’s Agent Carter on Tuesday, January 6th , 2015 at 9:00PM. The show will take place in Post WWII 1946,where Carter must strike a careful balance between office work for the Strategic Scientific Reserve and moonlighting to help Howard Stark and Edwin Jarvis against the forces of evil. That’s right folks; the best timeslot in television is being given to a historical miniseries starring a comic book heroine. Nerds, our prayers have been answered.
Margaret “Peggy” Carter has long been a part of the Marvel Universe, having first appeared in the pages of Tales of Suspense #77 in 1966 as a WWII love interest for Captain America. The character was brought back as a member of Steve Rogers’ personal brat pack in Captain America – The First Avenger, a group also consisting of Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Montgomery Falsworth, Jacques Dernier and of course, Sgt. James “Bucky” Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier). Atwell’s Agent Carter was one of the stand-out performances, finding her way into both the ‘Cap sequel and this forthcoming miniseries.
Show runners Tara Butlers and Michele Fazekas tell the story of Agent Carter in post-WWII America, filling in the blanks for the Marvel Cinematic and Television Universes and helping the audience understand how Hydra managed to survive all these years. We’ve also been promised a few familiar faces from the films. But perhaps more importantly, Butlers and Fazekas will tell the story of Carter’s mettle as a detective. During World War II, while men were serving in the armed forces, women were called upon to enter the workforce and keep the allies’ economies moving. After the war, women were told they did their duty and it was time to return to the home. Carter’s double life as a secret agent could even be seen as a triple life for a woman coping with this particular brand of dizzying cultural whiplash. She’s going to have to be tougher, stronger, and more detached than her male counterparts in order to keep everything in motion – thanks patriarchy. Let’s hope S.H.I.E.L.D. covers counseling.
Action-film hijinks and witty quips aside, this is a great opportunity for solid storytelling to fill the obvious gap of representation in the current trend of Hollywood comic book adaptations. Marvel Television’s decision to present Agent Carter as a miniseries vs. the more traditional long-format series shows that they are paying attention to current trends of miniseries (Downton Abbey, Orange Is The New Black) and anthologies (True Detective, American Horror Story) garnering critical acclaim. Will we see Atwell get an award nod next year?
If this preview clip is any indication Jessica Lange better watch out!
Agent Carter Debuts on January 6th, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on ABC.