Season one of ABC’s Agent Carter provided an epilogue (of sorts) to the Marvel Studios’ Phase 1 film Captain America: The First Avenger, by showing how Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) moved on with life following the end of WWII and the “death” of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). That’s left the door open for Carter season two to dive right into the further adventures of Peggy and explore an untold chapter in her story – one that (eventually) includes Peggy co-foundng the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.
Agent Carter season one drew inspiration from 1940s serial adventures for its New York-based setting and storyline, while also incorporating the expected ties to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (Tony Stark’s inventions, the Black Widow program, etc.). Carter Season two is already confirmed to take place in mid-2oth century Los Angeles, and Atwell has further teased that the new season’s Hollywood backdrop will also be influenced by the historic pop cultural vision of that place in the late ’40s.
“We’re going to LA for season 2. I kind of keep thinking ‘L.A. Confidential’ in my head when I think about season 2 – there’s a very dark glamor to it. And there’ll be lots of beautiful shots of the rolling Hollywood hills and palm trees and maybe Peggy sitting in a convertible, with a head scarf, looking fabulous…”
Carter season one drew on the “dark glamor” of ’40s mystery-adventures, with its story of troubling secrets, hidden identities, and Russian spies frequently playing out under the cover of darkness (and/or during foggy nights). It’s only befitting, then, that Carter season two should trade in that world for the deceitfully sunny streets of Tinseltown, for a plot-line that involves battling the rising atomic threat and “a sinister threat to everyone” masked by the cover of a post-WWII Hollywood (as the official synopsis for Carter season two describes it) over the course of a 10-episode narrative.
One of the big complaints about Agent Carter season one is that it spent too much time focusing on Peggy’s struggle in the extra-sexist world of 1940s America (or “Saturday morning cartoon feminism,” as some have called it), and not enough time on developing its protagonist beyond her struggles in the workplace. Atwell indicated that Carter season two will evolve beyond that formulaic approach, saying at this point on the show she’s “not creating a character from scratch anymore, [Peggy’s] established, so we can have more fun with [the series].”
Other Agent Carter related tidbits mentioned by Atwell during the CTV interview include:
- She aims to do all of her own stunts, and has a pair of stunt coordinators who train her to carry them out “like a dance.” She added “It all feels fluid, you have to get the right movements and make sure there’s enough distance between you and the stunt men so you don’t hurt them – which I’ve done many time. [But] it’s a blast. You get to channel any tension or aggression you’ve got. “
- Peggy might get to do some musical performance this season, as Atwell revealed the Agent Carter writers have asked her if she can (properly) sing and dance.
- Atwell did, in fact, visit the Captain America: Civil War set, but she missed out on seeing a number of her fellow MCU friends, and it doesn’t sound as though she shot any scenes for the movie, either. (So, the rumors that it was Peggy’s funeral glimpsed during filming on the Civil War set are still going strong for the time being.)
Atwell also teased a possible new romance for Peggy in Agent Carter season two, saying she feels “It’s time” for the show to explore Peggy’s love life after Steve left the picture. The official Carter season two synopsis mentions “perhaps even a new love” awaits Miss Carter in L.A., so at this point it seems fair to assume that Peggy will be getting a fresh love interest on the episodes ahead. It doesn’t sound as though Peggy will be dating anyone from season one (like Enver Gjokaj’s Daniel Sousa), though there is a better chance that the mystery person will turn out to be Peggy’s future husband (who also plays a role in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s origins).
Agent Carter season two will debut on ABC during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three mid-season break, in early 2016.