‘Agent Carter’ TV Series Being Developed By Marvel?

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As the new era of “franchise universes” takes shape, Marvel Studios continues to the lead the pack in terms of building an all-encompassing multi-media universe for fans to indulge in. As the main “Phase Two” storyline continues to develop in the string of upcoming films – such as Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier – the Marvel Universe will continue to expand outwards into the small screen, with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series poised to make a big splash in the fall 2013 premiere season.

S.H.I.E.L.D. will examine the role of normal (albeit highly-skilled and trained) human beings adapting to a superhero world; however, word is that for their next TV project, Marvel could be venturing into further exploring a normal human who has already run with superheroes: Peggy Carter, Steve Rogers’ fellow combatant/love interest from Captain America: The First Avenger.

Played by actress Hayley Atwell in the film, Agent Carter recently got her own Marvel One-Shot short as part of the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray release. Past one-shots like “The Consultant”, “A Funny Thing Happened…” and “Item 47″ all included elements that formed the foundation of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, so it’s not overly surprising to hear that the “Agent Carter” one-shot could similarly be intended as a primer for yet another television idea the studio is hatching.

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Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell)

Deadline dropped the exclusive, citing sources close to Marvel for this leak about the possible new TV series. There is no confirmation that it has been given the green-light; word is a writer is currently being sought to shape the pilot. No word on whether Atwell would step back into the role or if it would be handed off to someone; to her credit, though, Atwell does have a pretty extensive history working in TV over in the UK, so headlining the show wouldn’t be outside her wheelhouse – and would be much less problematic for fans hoping for continuity.

As seen in clips from the ‘Agent Carter’ one-shot, the short will detail what happened to Peggy Carter after Steve Rogers’ disappearance – presumably up until we see the character again in The Winter Soldier. That’s a large gap of time which could be filled with the adventures of a kick-ass female spy (the Alias comparisons have already begun) – it’s also a great way to better sketch the history of the Marvel Universe that led to the modern S.H.I.E.L.D. agency and Avengers team we know.

Would side characters like Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) or Col. Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) be included in the show? While the actors who played them might not return, having the characters (and other members of Cap’s Howling Commandos team) would definitely be a more attractive lure for fans of the Marvel movies looking to get that all-immersive experience from the TV show(s).

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“I’ve got it from here, Captain.”

Ever since the first film, fans of Captain America have wondered if we would ever again see the WWII era of the Marvel Universe – a problem that has plagued the filmmakers of The Winter Soldier throughout that sequel’s development. An Agent Carter TV show is one way to both fill that gap of history and give the Marvel Universe a leading female character to root for – and that latter point is something that producer Louis D’Esposito was recently speaking about, in a quote that all of a sudden seems a little too on-the-nose to be coincidence:

“There’s obviously a drumbeat that is banging louder and louder that we want a female lead superhero. We have strong female characters in our films from Black Widow to Pepper Potts to Peggy Carter and you never know. Maybe there’s an offshoot film with one of them. Or Captain Marvel, you know?”

Given the track record of Marvel marketing, a quote like that makes us think that this Agent Carter TV show may be closer than any of us think; the ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will likely be the final measure whether or not this project comes to fruition. We’ll soon see.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. AND the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray will both arrive on “Marvel Day” – a.k.a. Tuesday, September 24th.

We’ll keep you updated about the status of an Agent Carter TV show.

Source: Deadline

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  1. In my humble opinion, she was the most boring part of Captain America.

    • AGREED

  2. The Agent carter one-shot was great IMO. I’m down for this, and it makes perfect business sense. ABC’s biggest demographic is women. Period drama’s do very well on TV and crime procedurals dominate ratings. An Agent Carter TV show will check all those boxes, and it will have the marvel name brand to promote it. This could be interesting.

  3. I can’t see it happening, but it makes me wonder what ever happened to the “short film” idea to introduce characters. I imagine a huge obstacle would be signing actors to what may or may not lead to a larger role. But couldn’t they do them animated?

  4. “Good idea?”


  5. I thought she was one of the better parts of the movie. Its not easy to find someone who can do the whole “war era” look and feel like Haley did. She went a long way to help to establish the style. Plus she the one shot was a really good 20 minutes of video.

    I would watch it if we caught glimpses of the Invaders, Union Jack, Spit Fire, Miss America, Whizzer…I would even like to see the Crusaders…plus the historical aspect would be fun.

  6. I loved her in The First Avenger, but this idea seems like a stretch.

  7. I think it could work, although I doubt it’ll happen. I still want to see Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) in a movie.

  8. “Captain America: TFA” was the weakest Avengers-related film yet and I don’t see ANY point to do TV shows on boring sidekick characters while there is a universe of virtually hundreds of real superheroes, mutants and villains to explore. Not all of them can get their own movie (series). If they want to do more Marvel-based TV shows, they should go for the real stuff…

    • I thought Thor was the weakest. I think both the new CA and the new Thor will be much better than the first movies, though.

    • Stating that it was the weakest, and then talking about boring sidekick characters, may be your opinions, but that does not make them objective facts. I personally liked The First Avenger best of all the pre-Avengers movies. The great thing Marvel have going on, in the same way as with the comics, is that they can make enough films so at least one will really really appeal most everyone. I personally do not much like Tony Stark, so the Iron Man films are not really for me. But that’s okay, because there are so many other to get behind. Just because a character or movie doesn’t seem that good to you, doesn’t mean it isn’t perfectly targeted at someone else.

  9. Ill pass, i mean if they wanna do tv shows, it should be lesser known heroes. Heroes for hire show or something

  10. At this point.. I feel like marvel is more in it for the money than anything else.

    • I don’t think so, but then who ISN’T in it for the money?

    • Every Hollywood studio is in it more for the money than anything else.

  11. its a great way to tie in all the stories of Cap, Hulk, Stark etc….on a low budget….but do they have the balls to tell this story without the flare of superheroes

  12. I can’t see this really getting thatch interest. Positives and negatives of doing a series on this character both involve the fact that its set in the past. Anything they do and say could trip up continuity, but they would not be shackled to events in the “future”.

    I would prefer an anthology type series that can highlight the lesser known or lower tier superheroes and villains that would otherwise never see the light of day.

  13. As much as I love the idea, I’m afraid they may be overextending their selves. I think what may work would be for them to do these Agent Carter stories but frame them with the “Agents of SHIELD” show. This could be done by going into relevant flashbacks that pertain to a modern-day mission at hand either thematically or literally.

    I’m not necessarily talking whole segments, they could have one mission split across an entire season and have it just be cold opening to every episode of “Agents of SHIELD”. As the season progresses, we begin to understand mysteries of the modern day story more and more through revelations of her mission.

    But also if they do this, I hope they don’t try and give her a love interest. It would kind of undermine the love story with her and Cap.

    • I like it. Sort of the television equivalent of the Tales of Asgard stuff at the end of the major Thor story (anyway, that’s what they had back when I was reading them, long ago).

  14. This would be perfect if they retained as many actors from the films as possible, and used it as platform for the origin of SHIELD. Even if it was only one season, and ended with (after plenty of behind the scenes, shadowy goings on) Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, announcing that they will be setting up a new organisation. Now that would be a winner. It would be a stretch expecting Tommy Lee Jones to turn up, but Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper, both have plenty of TV experience. It could be like a female James Bond, with Howard Stark as a grander version of Q.

  15. So many comics and female protagonist to choose and they choose the one that many already forgot or simply didn’t care about.

    • So true

  16. Hayley Atwell is curvaceously hot, that’s for sure

  17. I’d love to see that, but in all honesty I don’t know what the series would be about… something like this has the potential of being interesting for one or two seasons, but how will they keep it going as a long term thing?

    I would hope though, that with a series like this they’d get some of the cast members from TFA back to play recurring roles (Howling Commandos and Stark senior for example), but the problem with that is, as with SHIELD, a lot of those actors are big time movie stars now and may be too expensive for TV…

  18. We should see how agents of shield works first. Since comic con reviews of the pilot have been iffy. As of now marvel hasnt even attempted a tv show outside of lou ‘s hulk show. Id rather them do a successful one again before jumping into a risky one like this

  19. if [ Marvel = drunk ]; then

  20. I found Agent Carter to be one the better parts of CA:TFA but not to interested in a TV show based on the character
    but my lack of interest could be partly down to not really seeing what they could have the show be about that would work for an interesting season of television

    Personally if I was Marvel I would be more worried about the Agents of Shield show at this point, for my perspective the buzz about that show seems to be ‘meh’ at best and there doesn’t seem to be much of a marketing push for it (at least not in the UK anyways)
    Or maybe they’re thinking of a different show already cos they aren’t convinced with Agents of Shield as well so want a replacement ready

  21. If it would use original cast from Captain America, I would be all for it. If suddenly there would be new faces, not sure. I would most definitely give it a chance and watch the first few episodes at least.

    I love that Marvel is expanding to TV, because I’m a long time TV show fan, so it would be awesome to have more Marvel to look forward to every week.

    Of course, I’m pretty sure first thy’re gonna wait and see how Agents of SHIELD is doing.

  22. Sounds like an excellent idea to me. I’d definitely give it a chance, especially if they were able to keep Hayley Atwell for the part. I love the idea of doing period TV in the Marvel U. It could potentially open up all kinds of stories from their history. What if they could introduce Namor, the original Human Torch, Spitfire, and Union Jack? We’d be that much closer to an Invaders film …

  23. I like it, I’d def watch it and if they do it Atwell has to play her, she is Agent Carter.

    If they tried to recast her that would really make me not interested in it.

  24. Sure, why not?

  25. You know, when Feige made the absurd remark of “James Bond-ing” the Marvel universe because he thinks they can do that after 5 years, I figured he just meant re-casting.

    Then this news popped up.

  26. I’m more excited about this idea then the current S.H.I.E.L.D. Series. I like Peggy Carter character in Captain America, and I was bummed that they didn’t keep the cut scene from the Avengers of Steve Rogers looking her up. She was important to Rogers and a look at the rest of the Howling Commandos would be cool too. I’m waiting for what Screen Rant thinks of the first episode of S.H.I.E.L.D before I DVR it.

  27. Overexposing the IP?

  28. Disney certainly is trying get it’money’s worth from the Marvel IP. It does seem odd that they would try to develop this character before a lot of other actual known characters.

  29. Co-worker’s mother in law?