ABC is considering moving forward with a series based around Agent Peggy Carter, the British agent introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger. Both Captain America’s one-time love interest and one of the founders of the powerful and shadowy organization S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter was the subject of a well-received short film that was released with the Iron Man 3 blu-ray. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of both the Captain America instalments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (and who have already been tapped to write a third Cap film), have written a pilot episode for the proposed series.
“Once it [the Agent Carter one-shot] was well received, Marvel came up with the idea that maybe there should be a pilot, so they got us to write the pilot, which seems to have turned out well. I just think ABC is now just deciding if and when they want to make it, but we’d love to do it,” said Markus in an interview with SuperHeroHype. He added, “Yeah, it would be a hell of a lot of fun to take this small slice of the Cap universe and really dig into it in a big way and also not have Cap in it. We want you to really know these people, but you can’t explore them all.”
“You’re not supposed to have this opportunity in movies where you can open the door and follow another character because the plot would stall,” McFeely added.
If the series moves forward, Hayley Atwell would reprise her role as Agent Carter for a fourth time, having previously played the part in both Captain America movies (including a beautifully played scene in old age makeup in The Winter Soldier) and the Agent Carter one-shot. It is also suggested that Howard Stark, (played by Dominic Cooper), weapons supplier, all-around genius, and father of Iron Man himself, Tony Stark, would also appear in the series. According to the reports, if the series was picked up, it would have an 13 episode run.
Agent Carter is an excellent character with vast potential for solid and exciting stories during the time when Captain America was presumed dead and S.H.I.E.L.D. was in its infancy. And given the incredible work writers Markus and McFeely have done on the Captain America movies, I’m sure their pilot script must be incredible. The opportunity for the Marvel Universe to expand further into television (where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has broken the first ground) is an intriguing idea, especially to explore side streets with supporting characters from the films. If the writing was strong throughout the series, it could be a great project. Alas, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. failed to impress me in that regard when I tried it out, interested to see how the Marvel Universe would be handled in a television series. However, to be fair, I was one of the faint-hearted who abandoned the show after the first few episodes. I have heard that the show has improved vastly since the beginning; perhaps Marvel is finding its footing in the world of television? Let’s hope so – a well-executed Agent Carter series would be a beautiful thing.