‘Agent Carter’: Hayley Atwell Teases Dominic Cooper’s Return As Howard Stark

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The latest events in the Marvel cinematic universe may have shaken the foundations of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Marvel Studios’ upcoming TV series Agent Carter will return back to the good old days when the secret organization was just getting started. Starring Hayley Atwell once again in the role of the eponymous Agent Peggy Carter, the new series is set to premiere at the beginning of next year, though a specific air date has yet to be announced.

Captain America: The First Avenger not only provided for one of the key members of the Avengers, but also revealed the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. and starred Dominic Cooper as genius inventor and engineer Howard Stark, the father of another certain genius inventor and engineer. Cooper has since reprised the role in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, and earlier this year he expressed a hope that Stark would make it into the Agent Carter TV series as well.

Since Howard Stark and Peggy Carter were two of the original founders of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, it would frankly seem like a grave omission if he were not to appear in the series at all. Speaking at a recent red carpet event, Atwell herself seems to have confirmed that Cooper will have a role in the series; she told The Telegraph that he will join her on the set of the show, and that, “He’s incredibly naughty. So I’m going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.”

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Atwell doesn’t make it clear whether Cooper will be appearing as a series regular or simply guest-starring, but based on his past acting roles the latter seems more likely. Cooper is primarily a stage and film actor and his TV appearances have so far been limited to mini-series like Fleming and Sense and Sensibility, which makes the prospect of him committing to an ongoing series seem a bit doubtful. That said, the first season of Agent Carter will only be eight episodes long – not much longer than the average mini-series – so perhaps Cooper will get some decent screen time.

Apart from Atwell herself, Marvel hasn’t confirmed any other cast members for Agent Carter. Based on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. model, the new show will most probably have a largely new cast with occasional appearances by characters from the movies. Obviously most of the modern day characters like Nick Fury and Maria Hill are out due to the time period in which the show is set, but perhaps the Howling Commandos will get another chance to shine. We may also get to see the Winter Soldier in his early days.

Agent Carter will mark a first for Marvel Studios, being the only production so far (outside of One Shots) headlined by a female character. It’s possible that the studio wants to test the waters with this series and Jessica Jones first before making a big-budget movie about, say, Black Widow or Ms. Marvel.


Agent Carter will premiere on ABC in January 2015.

Source: The Telegraph

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  1. Triplett’s grandfather should be on the show. They could have him first using the gadgets his grandson later uses in Agents of SHIELD. Would be a cool connection.

    • I’m hoping yes. Maybe we can get some Dum Dum Dugan too!

      Of course the Comic fan in me is secretly hoping we do get a Nick Fury cameo as he goes on a mission and finds the infity formula…

    • I’m guessing that’s why they emphasized it so much: it’d add a really cool bridge between the two shows, and it’s potentially another way (on top of all the other connections) to make the Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter stories feel connected.

      My guess is that they only ever referred to “Triplett’s grandfather” (rather than mentioning a specific name) because they’re not sure if they’ll be able to get Derek Luke from The First Avenger back to play Gabriel Jones as a regular in the show. If they can, my guess is that they’ll reveal that he is Triplett’s grandfather; if not, my guess is that they’ll either create someone new or adapt one of the other WW2 African-American characters.

      Who knows: maybe the reason that Triplett has never mentioned his grandfather’s name is because his grandfather is Sergeant Fury – ie. Nick Fury’s father. Nick Fury *does* have a brother after all, who has connections to Hydra, to Zodiac (from the Agent Carter short), and by association to John Garrett (who was Libra of Zodiac in the comics).

    • That’s right, good point. Triplett’s gramps was a Howling Commando, I believe, as per AOS. Good casting choices with Haley and Dominic. Wouldn’t it be way-out cool if all of a sudden, based on the direction Ant-Man seems to be taking, if Hank Pym appeared as both Ant-Man and Giant-Man in this? (But I still would prefer canon and inclusion in Avengers, tho).

  2. awesome

  3. Amazing actor The Devils Double was fantastic. I’ll actually watch this show if he’s in it

  4. After making crap like Need for Speed and Reasonable Doubt I wouldn’t be surprised if he did take a recurring role on this show. Remind people that he does have some talent and Devils Double wasn’t a fluke.

    • People in the US, you mean.

      Those of us in the UK know about Dominic’s talent after his turn in The History Boys (and subsequent movie version) and more recently, his lead role in Fleming, where he played the James Bond creator as an arrogant but likeable womaniser who took risks that somehow paid off and helped create MI5 (or MI6, whichever it was) after World War 2 before retiring to Jamaica to become a writer.

  5. Bearing in mind that he’s British, taking a regular / recurring role in Agent Carter might actually be a smart move, career-wise. It gives him a stable job in America, but because Agent Carter is only getting a short episode run, it means he has plenty of off time to star in movie projects as well, and he’ll have a base/income/place to live while that’s going on.

    Assuming, of course, they film Agent Carter in the US, rather than filming in the UK (which Marvel has done a lot recently).

  6. I normally prefer this site, but this article made me cringe. Its already been confirmed by studio heads that itll premier in January.

    • Thanks for the catch! It’s been corrected.

  7. I think they are going to make it even clearer that the apple did not fall far from the tree when it comes to Howard Stark.

  8. Good news. I am looking forward to this one, as the cast is the primary reason why I feel Agents of Shield is utter weaksauce.


  9. “We may also get to see the Winter Soldier in his early days.”

    I may sounds like all those squealing Sebastian Stan/Bucky/Winter Soldier fangirls on tumblr, but YAAAAAAAY !!!

    I don’t know about his contract, but given that Sebastian Stan has been on two-three TV Series as recurring/main cast, it’s not much of a stretch

  10. Eh…Cooper disappointed me with “Fleming”. I knew the history behind Ian Fleming already and the show itself was very well done, but Cooper felt so out of place.