‘Captain America’ Writers Talk ‘Agent Carter’ TV Series Plans

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Marvel already has a decently successful television series with ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that was developed from ideas first seen in their direct-to-DVD/Blu-ray short films. Now Marvel and ABC are working on another One-Shot inspired series, this one starring Agent Peggy Carter.

An Agent Carter television series has been a popular notion ever since the Marvel One-Shot of the same name released with Iron Man 3‘s DVD/Blu-ray. That short saw Hayley Atwell return as Peggy Carter, now a newly recruited S.H.I.E.L.D. agent searching for “the enigmatic ‘Zodiac’ key,” while battling relentless sexism from those who didn’t think it right for a woman to serve in the agency.

In Captain America: The First Avenger, Atwell’s Peggy Carter was quickly a popular character out of an already well-received ensemble. Her starring role in the Agent Carter short only won over more fans, pleasantly surprised to see a character many assumed was finished on screen once Cap awoke in the present day.

The Agent Carter television series is being developed by Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, with a pilot script from Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. At a press junket for the film yesterday, Collider asked the pair for an update on the series’ progress.

Markus and McFeely revealed that ABC has their script for the pilot, but nothing has yet been greenlit. They also confirmed they’ve spoken with Hayley Atwell and that she is very interested in returning as Peggy Carter – and considering the actress has spoken quite openly about her desire to be part of an Agent Carter series, her casting is really only a matter of time and final word from ABC.

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The series would be set in 1946 during those early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., continuing to explore Peggy’s struggle for respect from her colleagues and superiors. Surely, they’ll be more to it than that because as interesting as her battles with sexism were in the One-Shot, over an entire series they could get wearisome.

As for the length of the series, McFeely said they’ve planned for 13 episodes (or “maybe even less”):

“That’s my hope, is that it would be something like [Under the Dome]. Our case would be that it would be a limited series and you would wrap up that one bad guy and that one case, and then if you like it we’ll do it again next year and it’s 1947.”

Collider also learned the intention is for Howard Stark to be a recurring character, not unlike his guest appearance in the Agent Carter One-Shot. Actor Dominic Cooper has spoken of his interest in returning to the role before, but with nothing officially greenlit it’s obviously a little early to be ringing him about the series just yet.

It’s very possible an Agent Carter series would work well airing in tandem with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., building for Marvel a unified S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric universe outside of the films. There’s potential for an interesting cast, presumably with an attempt to bring back Bradley Whitford as Peggy’s boss, Agent Flynn – and with a 1940s setting, it would be unlike anything on TV, especially network television.

Add to that their potential for a Netflix takeover with planned series based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and more, and Marvel is truly building a media empire. Disney has taught them well.

Is an Agent Carter television series something you’d like to see ABC and Marvel move forward with? What do you think of the planned direction for the series? Sound off in the comments below!

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Stay tuned for news on the Agent Carter series as it develops.

Source: Collider

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  1. I am not real confident that Peggy Carter can carry her own solo series alone. However, having said that, I hope she can and definitely will watch it. Hope it is a go!

  2. I wished it wasn’t on ABC or as Kofi calls it, “silly sh*t studios” lmao.

  3. i fear this will just become another watered down version of a related character to the MCU for consumption to the mass audience…but i will give it a try because i enjoyed her role in Cap and i like period pieces

  4. I agree that a 22- or 24- episode season might be a big overblown, what with AgentsOfShield playing on the same network. Maybe do a short, but intense and focused eight-episode “True Detective” -style season.

  5. I WONDER if this WOMAN can pull off a series…

    • I see what you did there. :D

    • Well played, sir, well played….

  6. ABC had planned on using the Once Upon a Time spin off Once Upon A Time In Wonderland spin off as a replacement for the show during the winter hiatus. Taking the season and splitting it into A and B, with each airing almost uninterrupted week to week. They ended up airing it on a different night, concurrently and it was a hot mess.

    If Carter gets green lit, it would be great if they could take the approach ABC had considered with Once. Air the first half of Agents of SHIELD in the fall. End on a cliffhanger. Air a 10 episode Agents of SHIELD: Peggy Carter during the Winter months (late november to februaryish) and then finish it up and air Agents of SHIELD Season 2B nearly uninterrupted week to week.

    One of the most persistent complaints from fans who have been willing to over look it’s flaws has been the incredibly erratic airing schedule. They could even leave a longer gap after Agent Carter finishes and before Season 2B resumes and release DAREDEVIL during the break in the schedule. Netflix doesn’t have a March property and it would fill in gaps in both ABC’s Marvel programs and the theatrical releases.

    Finish Agents of SHIELD after 2 seasons and plan out the ending so fans aren’t left hanging. That leaves us with two seasons and a spin off. Then who gives a s*** because by then we will have Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.

    That is how they should do it. Also don’t smoke a ton of weed then comment on s***. You’ll sound insane.

    • Not bad and it would keep Marvel on every week but I think they might want to go back to back with both shows so they can keep the viewers for each show.

      If they think this series might not be as big as Shield if they aired it after Shield you are likely to keep alot of those viewers.

      But your way also works, would keep Marvel on ABC every week.

      I’m all for this show, I think it could be better than Agents of Shield.

  7. hell yes!

  8. I like the idea of a short, summer time series. I think this could be a good cross-demo show as well with it being a comic based show but a female hero. I haven’t seen the Peggy Carter short yet, but I enjoyed her in CA:FA and would probably check this out.

  9. I would watch this. I dunno why but the idea of an Agent Carter period action/drama is very intriguing to me. I’d definitely follow this more than AoS.

  10. This show sounds like a GREAT idea, ABC does well developing strong female leads. I like the whole battling sexism in the 1940s thing too.

  11. the success of shows like Under the Dome and also Falling Skies (among others) – and the upcoming Extant starring Haley Berry will likely start having a strong influence on movie stars will to sign up for short run tv shows – the same way Kevin Spacey is leading the way for movie stars to take a shot at being on a Netflix show.

    this show is a no brainer for Marvel and it’s safe to say it can last for a few years – especially incorporating the real world history into the story – which has always been a unique aspect of the Marvel universe.

    and the potential for a female lead – especially a fan favorite like Haley Atwell, the only question is WHEN will this get the green light.
    Plus it’ll be a terrific base to introduce some other characters like Baron Zemo or other comic villains.

    Agent Carter series is a DEFINITE YES !!

    • 2nd that!I would love to see this series and i think it would do very well if done right. Period piece, comic piece, stong female lead, natural history, the ability to introduce other villians this works great!

  12. I don’t know why they are going through with this. Carter isn’t even a fan favorite (like Coulson was), and I doubt a show with a female lead in this context has much hope of surviving for long. I see another Agents of SHIELD, probably even with lower ratings, despite being better.

  13. Just need to say, if this gets green lit, that is 6 shows and a miniseries on top of the feature films (10+ including films currently in production) and 5 oneshots with a new one for each feature. Marvel is killing it!

  14. meh

  15. Saying Peggy Carter is a fan favorite seems like a bit of a stretch. There was nothing special about her in the first Captain America film that I can recall. I haven’t watched the One Shot, but the premise of the show sounds kind of intriguing. I would love for them to touch on the sexism she would face in a male dominated world of the 1940s but I don’t want it to be thrown in my face every damn episode. So if it happens, I hope there is a balance. It should be about S.H.I.E.L.D. and it’s origins, from the point of view of Peggy Carter. But still. . . .I don’t know about this one Marvel. This series might do well, it might not. Who knows? All I know is, it’s not something that I’m interested in seeing. I’ll just wait for the Marvel series on Netflix to come out because ABC/Disney’s watered down version for kids is a bit insulting to my adulthood and the characters themselves.

    • You need to watch the One shot. Thats why its being greenlit. Its not just about Peggy Carter(shes a badass in it by the way) but it has Cap’s crew ( the howlling commandos and Howard stark)involved too. You need to watch it before commenting dammit.

  16. Every time I read about this show I just think about how cool it would be for Robert Stark to be a regular.

    • I think you mean Howard Stark, Tony’s Father. Unless you are referring to Robb Stark from Game of Thrones… lol

      • King of the North!

  17. I hope this goes well. I think the best bet is a summer 10-11 week run like Under The Dome or Falling Skies. But I would like to point out an Agent Carter series might also open a door to Howling Commandos (Union Jack, Dum Dum Dugan, for example) showing up. or Elizabeth Barstow (Silver Scorpion) assisting.

    A version of The Invaders in five years…
    okay, just koshin’—don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves…

  18. Hope Dum Dum Dugan is a part of this!!!!!

  19. What about a young Nick Fury series starring Michael B Jordan or John Boyega?

  20. Really who is interested in watching that show??

  21. Has Fleming aired in the US yet?

    It was pretty good and if they use that kind of aesthetic for this show, I can see it working out. Dominic Cooper was great as Ian Fleming so seeing him play something similar on TV again is always welcome. The guy’s an underrated actor and I’d love to see Howard return so we can see where Tony picked up some of his personality traits.

  22. Yes! More Peggy please :)!!

  23. I think the idea of an Agent Carter limited-run series (lower episode counts) would be an excellent idea! USA Network [Covert Affairs, Royal Pains, Burn Notice] & ABC Family [the Fosters, Switched at Birth] both have had great success with limited run series.

    I think the possibility/potential of having Agents of SHIELD [Fall/Winter/Spring] alternating with an Agent Carter series [Summer] in tandem would be excellent! It would solidify the Marvel Cinematic/TV Universe mythology.

  24. This could totally work, unlike many other female actresses, I think Hayley Atwell could carry her own series. But I think they’ll need to bring back Dominic Cooper for sure, and I would also like to see Tommy Lee Jones reprise his role. It’s all about the execution though, they need to bring on good writers for the show. I really hope this show is a success because I think it’s a great idea for a show.

    • Would love to see all of the supporting cast from CA: TFA but noway TLJ would come back, would cost to much but the howling commands and howard stark for sure this would be an awesome show!

  25. Would watch it, add more about zodiac and project paper clip. Could really work

  26. Having watched the short of Agent Carter I’d definitely watch it in series form. It looks like a lot of fun with loads of action and that 1940′s feel. Yes please – I’ll be waiting for it.

  27. I deeply want this. It could be super cool. It would be so awesome to be a part of this.

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