Marvel’s Agent Carter: What to expect

S.H.I.E.L.D is coming back

Now, we all know that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is coming back for a second season, but what we don’t know is that it’s not coming alone. Yes, you heard that right! Joining it will be Marvel One-Shot, which is now being converted into a full-fledged series, Agent Carter.

Last time, during the mid-season break of S.H.I.E.L.D, the series filled that space with reruns and specials. But this time the plan is different. The show will be temporarily substituted by Agent Carter, the spin off from the well-regarded Marvel One-Shot.

Set in the aftermath of WWII, the series is based around Captain America’s onetime love-interest Agent Peggy Carter, played by Hayley Atwell.

While production details are being held to a minimum (it’s rumored that a more detailed reveal will happen at SDCC), as a hypothetical Agent Carter represents the most (theoretically) positive use of Marvel Studio’s “universe”-oriented franchise concept: It’s hard to imagine any modern TV network giving the go-ahead to a period adventure/scifi/spy drama about a female secret agent facing both the fantastical challenges of comic-book villainy and the all-too-real challenges of postwar sexism. “So it’s 24 but starring my grandma? I dunno… we were thinkin’ maybe like a singing contest with a panel of judges? Maybe one of them used to be famous?”) …but the fact that it is “set in the world of The Avengers” changes-up the calculation. And the fact that Peggy Carter and Howard Stark founded S.H.I.E.L.D is just icing on the cake.

On the other hand, the series could also benefit from being (temporally, at least) significantly less tied to the ever-changing events of the Marvel Universe features. One of the major criticisms for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D was that the first half of the series spent a lot of time developing the premises, sometimes even jogging the storyline, pace wise. Though the issue, ultimately, resolved itself when it became clear that it was strategic and was done to hold back on key points and specific plot points until the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Though being set approximately 60-70 years before the (known) events of the present-day Marvel Universe, Agent Carter is much less likely to face that particular issue, there is fact that character portrayal might be difficult. For one of the most important events of the contemporary U.S. history took place at that time: The Women’s Rights and Civil Rights movements. Usually thought to have arisen in the 60s as a backlash against 50s conformity and paranoia – actually have their roots in the immediate postwar late-40s. Something we caught a glimpse in Marvel One Shot. This being said, we hope that the series producers portray Peggy as a character and not a symbol.

And, in the meantime, if we were to catch a glimpse or two of Howard Stark, it would be a added bonus.

And lets not forget the fact that with Agent Carter, Marvel will launch, by default, it’s first female hero-heroine to headline her own franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, there is news of Alias: Jessica Jones to be in pre-production as one of the four Defenders limited-series for Netflix is making rounds and, sometime in the future, Marvel might also announce Black Widow or Ms. Marvel solo features at Comic-Con. But even then, Agent Carter is still going to hit the air first – and also before DC’s yet-unconfirmed Wonder Woman!

So, all in all, it is a pretty big deal.


Ankita Sharma

(This post is taken from B Town)


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