In the Marvel’s Agent Carter Season 1 finale “Valediction“, Peggy Cater (Hayley Atwell) defeated spy Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan), and convinced a hypnotized Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) to not drop violent-psychosis inducing gas on Times Square. In a moment that displayed growth and closure we ended the hour with Carter dropping Steve Rodgers’ blood in the East River, saying goodbye to her superhero love and trying to move on with her life. It was a jam packed hour that tied up numerous threads and left space for more mysteries, serving as both a series and season finale – as ABC had not yet determined if they would renew the mid-season show.
The show performed on the level with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., ratings wise, and was picked up for Season 2 three months after the S1 finale aired. However, Agent Cater is returning with a few changes; including, a longer ten episode run, a change of location – a move from New York to Los Angeles – and a slew of new additions to the cast. As we can see in the most recent promo for the series though, Agent Carter will remain grounded in its Marvel roots, and its close ties to Captain America, in season 2.
Ahead of the Agent Carter season 2 premiere ABC will air the TV special Marvel’s Captain America: 75 Heroic Years. The video above highlights the documentary; itself, a retrospective of the character from 1941 to now. This will cover the character’s many iterations and changes over the years, and will include interviews with key players like Stan Lee and Chris Evans, who currently portrays Rodgers in the Marvel blockbusters. The video then ends with another short preview of Agent Carter, though the footage is mostly all material from full-length trailers and TV spots past.
Agent Carter has its work cut out for it when it returns, as the TV landscape has grown exponentially more populated with superhero/comic book adaptations. Over on Netflix the MCU has expanded to include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and soon Luke Cage. ABC is currently airing two Marvel shows and have greenlit the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Marvel’s Most Wanted. The network has also ordered a half-hour comedy pilot based on Marvel Comics’ Damage Control, and there is now a potential second Marvel TV comedy series in development. That long list doesn’t even include the many DC Comic properties on the air.
Of course the show has plenty of solid defining characteristics to it, including a charismatic lead, centering itself around a compelling female protagonist, and being set not in grim modern times but in the past. This is something they are clearly trying to capitalize on in Season 2 by dialing up the old fashioned Hollywood glitz and glamour mixed with Atwell’s infectious charm. As long as they take the time to focus on character development and compelling, salient mysteries the show has a real chance to define itself as a major player in the television side of the MCU.
Agent Carter season 2 premieres Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 at 9pm on ABC. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.season 3 returns later this year on Tuesday, March 8th at 9pm on ABC.