Agent Carter has been pretty sly with its callbacks and Easter eggs to other Marvel Studios works so far. Maybe that’s because it gets to be off on its own in 1946, or maybe it’s because, unlike the early days of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Carter doesn’t to use fan service to cover for languid storytelling. Regardless, Agent Carter seems to like to reward eagle-eyed viewers, like when Anton Vanko, father of Iron Man 2 villain Ivan Vanko AKA: Whiplash, appeared in episode two. And if you though there was something oddly familiar about another character in this past week’s episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” specifically in the way she fights, you may be presently surprised and pleased to get this piece of Easter Egg hunting from one of Agent Carter’s producers.
Remember this moment from “The Blitzkrieg Button?”
It features Peggy Carter’s (Hayley Atwell) next door neighbor Dottie (Bridget Regan) snapping the neck of the show’s newest (now dead) evil henchman Mr. Mink. In an interview with IGN, Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters revealed what a lot of fans and people who review the show online have already inferred, which is that Dottie is a product of the Red Room, the same Russian super spy program that will later (in context of the show) give birth to Black Widow of The Avengers (played by Scarlett Johansson).
Pretty slick, but how did Fazekas and Butters come up with the idea to utilize Black Widow 1.0 (even though, as Butters said, they’re “not actually calling her as Black Widow”)? The way Butters describes it, the whole thing came about quite organically.
“Basically we had a mini-boot camp and it was [Captain America screenwriters Christopher] Markus, [and Stephen] McFeely, Michele and I and Chris [Dingess], and as we were breaking out the season, we realized we needed a foil for Peggy that was a female foil and that’s kind of how we came up with Dottie. As we started to create her we realized there was this interesting connection we could be making … Basically Dottie is the product of a Russian spy program which could end up being the Black Widow program.
“I think the fun thing about our period of time in the MCU is we have the ability to help draw connections without actually interfering or stepping on anything that’s going on currently. But it really is actually kind of fun to make the world smaller. You know, the idea that Peggy could be having this interaction with Dottie and that same Russian, spy program could end up turning into the Black Widow program, which, obviously, the current characters are dealing with today. That’s been a really fun challenge, to connect the world without stepping on the world.”
So there you go! Dottie is Black Widow before Black Widow. Those familiar with the comic books know that it’s no big thing, and that, in fact, there have been multiple Black Widows in the Marvel comic books over the years. So congrats to you visionary Agent Carter viewers who picked up on the clues, you are truly fans above reproach. And to the creators of Agent Carter, well done on the sneakiness.
Agent Carter continues Tuesdays at 9 pm EST on ABC.