Beginning season 2 in January, Marvel’s Agent Carter follows the exploits of the titular Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Attwell), as she works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve fighting to protect her country and struggling to distinguish herself amidst workplace sexism. The show serves as both a follow up to Captain America: The First Avenger, showing how Cap’s best girl adjusts after he is lost, and a spin-off of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. the agency she will one day go on to co-found.
While season 1 was set in New York City and ran for eight episodes, season 2 will move the action to Los Angeles, and extend its run to ten episodes. ABC has set a premiere date for January, with Carter once again filling in for S.H.I.E.L.D. during its mid-season hiatus. We now have a better idea of what to expect when the show returns.
ABC has released the first trailer for Carter (above) and it is packed with everything we’ve come to expect from the show: action, humor, and a whole lot of style. We see Peggy arrive in Hollywood only to be met by the new SSR Chief Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj). Brandishing her signature wit, she punches and kicks her way through the action, pausing to flirt with a brand new love interest. The short video ends with a buttoned-up Jarvis asking, “Ready for another adventure, Ms. Carter?”
Fans can expect to see a fair amount of new faces this year, as the move to California has caused a bit of a cast shakeup. Ken Marino (Wet Hot American Summer) has signed on to join the series, playing mob boss Joseph Manfredi and Kurtwood Smith has been tapped for the role of Vernon Masters. Lotte Verbeek (Outlander) and Wynn Everett (The Newsroom) have also been added to season 2 as Ana Jarvis and Whitney Frost/Madame Masque, respectively.
Though the video doesn’t reveal any specific plot points or hints as to how Madame Masque — or any other character from the MCU — will be brought into the story, this promo highlights the best parts of the show. Fast paced and slick, Atwell is still incredibly charming. Even though Carter isn’t alone in a television landscape where more women are becoming heroes, it is still wonderful to see her back in action. There is a long way to go before we see if they can build on the momentum from the previous season, but so far it looks like a fun adventure.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues Tuesday December 1st with ‘Closure’ at 9pm on ABC. Agent Carterseason 2 premieres Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm on ABC.