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Not all (super) heroes wear spandex, capes, or cowls. Some (super) heroes don’t even wear pants or even underwear, preferring to go au natural from the waist down and a too-short, tight-fitting sweater up top.

Their powers don’t involve flight, super-strength, or invisibility, just the seemingly endless appetite for honey and waxing philosophical just when their human counterparts need them the most (i.e., during a mid-life personal and professional crisis).

That might sound like a curious mash-up of A.A. Milne’s beloved, self-aware, ambulatory teddy bear and Steven Spielberg’s much-maligned Peter-Pan-as-an-adult misfire, Hook, but Christopher Robin, directed by Marc Forster (World War Z, Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) from a screenplay credited to Alex Ross Perry, Tom McCarthy, and Allison Schroeder, easily one-ups Hook, delivering a poignant, moving paean to the carefree joys of childhood, the positives and negatives of nostalgia, the importance of family over work, and the value of people over profits (no, the irony isn’t lost on this writer, given mega-studio Disney’s involvement).

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It was much to the disappointment of the small but dedicated band of Agent Carter fans that the series was cancelled by ABC earlier this year. For two seasons, the 1940s-set adventures of SSR Agent Peggy Carter as she saved the world despite the chauvinistic attitudes of her superiors and co-workers gave many Marvel fans the female hero they wanted and needed, and for a time, it was good, but not good enough it seems. Well, for all those missing Agent Carter it will do your heart good to know that Agent Carter herself will be back in the very near future, and while you won’t be able to see Hayley Atwell in the role, you’ll at least be able to hear her. (more…)

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It was sad news for a small, but very dedicated group of fans this past spring when ABC announced that it was cancelling Agent Carter. Peggy Carter may not have had super-powers, or was a particularly well-known character of the Marvel Universe prior to her appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger, but Hayley Atwell won everyone over by playing the strong, smart and spunky heroine who won the heart of Captain America,while still being a proven and accomplished government agent. But if you thought that the season two finale of Agent Carter was going to be the end, Atwell herself says think again.  (more…)

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe, the all-devouring, inescapable pop-culture force that it has become, hasn’t had as easy a time on television as it has in film. Sure, the Netflix entries (Daredevil, Jessica Jones) have done remarkably well, and the trend is looking to continue with Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the small scale Avengers-ish mashup The Defenders; however, Netflix is not traditional format television, and part of the reason of the aforementioned programs’ success is their “R-rated” appeal. The ABC network, de facto home of everything Disney (Marvel included) on your TVs, hasn’t had as much success. (more…)

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Fans of ABC’s Marvel series Agent Carter are not happy with the network’s decision to not pursue a third season for the show.  One fan went as far as to launch a petition with the aim of getting Agent Carter picked up as a Netflix series.  The petition was only launched a few days ago, but already has over 50,000 signatures under its belt.  Over on Twitter, Bridget Regan (who plays Dottie Underwood on Agent Carter), and G. Willow Wilson (who currently writes Ms. Marvel for Marvel Comics) have seen the petition, and both ladies gave it a re-tweet! (more…)

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After last week‘s explosive episode, which was packed with a lot of new information, action, and Howard Stark, this week’s episode put the brakes on the forward momentum of a season a little bit in the most entertaining way possible. “Smoke & Mirrors” intercuts the past and present, moving back and forth between Peggy Carter‘s continued investigation into Isodyne Energy and exploring the past of both Agent Carter and the person who is shaping up to be the primary villain, Whitney Frost, or Madame Masque as she’s quickly becoming. The title of the episode refers to the illusion of propriety put forth by the men behind Isodyne Energy, the Arena Club, and apparently so much more and the illusions put up by both Carter and Frost at different points in their lives to hide their true selves, whether intentional or not. Getting a glimpse into the events that shaped both of these women, and especially Carter, is the focus and most fascinating part of this episode.

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Picking up right where it left off last week, season two of Agent Carter continues to be as captivating and exciting as season one. Episode three, “Better Angels”, sees the whole gang back together as Jack (Chad Michael Murray) joins Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Chief Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) out in L.A. This episode also goes even further in the direction of science fiction, while still managing to make it feel grounded in the real science of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is something at which Marvel is very adept. And who better to dig deep into zany fictional science than everyone’s favorite genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist of the 40s, Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who makes his return in a decidedly Stark fashion. Despite a couple missteps, Agent Carter continues to be one of the most engaging shows on television right now.

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‘Agent Carter’ Goes Hollywood in First Official Photo

Agent Carter was a nice surprise at the top of the year, as Marvel finally delivered on a story with a strong, independent female hero at the center (even she wasn’t wearing a costume). The adventures of SSR Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) will continue early in the new year with season two of Agent Carter, and as I’m sure you’ve already heard, the new adventure will include a trip to the left coast for Carter, her fellow agents, friends and enemies. Now, Marvel and ABC have released the first official image from season two, an image of Agent Carter that definitely says, “Welcome to California.” (more…)

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In 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger gave comic book fans a new hero to love and thrill to, and that hero’s name was Agent Peggy Carter. What could have been the simple love interest part because something so much more multifaceted and three-dimensional in the hands of English actress Hayley Atwell, who has since gone and made Agent Carter a fixture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the head of her own series, and a female superhero icon in a field that so desperately needed one.  (more…)

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It’s that time of year when fans learn whether their investment in a year’s worth of a TV show will pay off in a second season or whether it was time well wasted. TV upfronts are next week, the annual announcement by the networks of what they’ll be showing next year and on what day of the week you’ll be able to watch it, but since news goes better in several doses and not just a single big dose, we’re getting some early renewal and cancellation notices going into the weekend. ABC, for instance, has been playing its cards pretty close to the chest, but Marvel fans can breath easier today because not only will Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be back next year, but so will Agent Carter. (more…)