Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ Will Air During ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Midseason Break

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Hayley Atwell’s performance as the no-nonsense Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger was very much a key contributing factor in the character becoming a fan-favorite member of Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe – paving the way for her return in a One-Shot titled Agent Carter, followed by Atwell undergoing a makeup-assisted physical transformation, in order to portray an elderly Peggy during an emotion-stirring sequence in the Cap movie sequel, The Winter Soldier.

There’s still a rich history surrounding the role Peggy played in the formation of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization that has yet to be explored, either on the big screen or through the television medium. However, that will change with the upcoming Agent Carter TV series, which is Marvel Studios’ second venture into the world of original TV programming, coming hot on the heels of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which concludes its first season run tonight).

ABC’s official synopsis for Agent Carter establishes that the show takes place in 1946, with Peggy “trying to navigate life as a single woman,” now that Steve Rogers has vanished in the arctic and the end of WWII means the soldiers off at war are returning to the workforce – threatening to push out Peggy from her job of working for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), at the same time.

However, it stands to reason that Agent Carter will deal with more than Peggy’s ongoing battle with sexism in the workplace. Given Peggy’s importance in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s legacy – coupled with what The Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 have revealed happened to HYDRA following the events of The First Avenger – part of this new Marvel series will, no doubt, be devoted to fleshing out the past of the MCU – historical developments that may even interconnect with certain plot points on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., potentially.

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The obvious connection between Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gave us fair reason to not harbor much doubt about the report from a month ago, claiming that Carter is going to air on ABC during the break between the fall and spring portions of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season. Sure enough, ABC has confirmed that this is the plan, with S.H.I.E.L.D. now slated to air a little later on Tuesdays, starting at 9 p.m. EST now. (The same time that Agent Carter will air during the midseason break, it seems.)

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – writers of the Captain America movies and the Agent Carter pilot – have offered a few details about the show before, having stated that the plan is for each season to be comparatively tight and self-contained in its construction – meaning, no more than 13 episodes at at time. Here is a direct quote from McFeely, where he expands on that proposal:

“That’s my hope, is that ['Agent Carter'] 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.”

In other words, it sounds as though we’re looking at a 3-month break or so between the first and second halves of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s next season. It’s possible that each portion of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s second season will be linked together though the same overarching narrative, though there’s also a chance that each segment will be more standalone than that. Of course, we should have a better idea about what the future holds for the show after the season 1 finale airs tonight.

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Agent Carter is already is place to start off its run better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did, as the former has two experienced (and full-time committed) show-runners onboard: Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, creators of the critically-successful CW TV series Reaper, as well as writer/producer alumni of Avengers director and S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show co-creator Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series Dollhouse. Next stop on the show’s trip down the production pipeline? Announcing who Atwell’s costars in the series will be.

Are you planning to checkout Agent Carter season one when it premieres? How do you feel about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two being split in half like this? Be sure and drop us a line in the comments section.


The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season one finale “Beginning of the End”, airs tonight on ABC at 7 p.m. EST.

We’ll let you know when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season two and Agent Carter season one get premiere dates.

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  1. Is it possible that the second part of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 being postponed until may has something to do with Avengers next year? If they incorporated Captain America 2 in the storyline, surely they will do the same with the Avengers 2.

  2. Because Agents of SHIELD wasn’t terrible enough, Marvel gives us another lame TV show that only exists to exploit fan loyalty to the MCU.

    • Alright, then don’t watch. Dunno what to tell you because its happening.

      • Of course I won’t watch it. That goes without saying.

    • If you don’t like it, just change the channel. I’m pretty sure know one forces you to watch it. Arrow and The Flash are coming – go watch them instead.

    • if you don’t like stuff why even comment ? I never understand why people (like yourself) – post on a story like this (or anything else) for stuff you don’t like. nothing you say or do on a message board will change anything, why even comment?

      more importantly Haley Atwell is SMOKING HOT – why wouldn’t you want her on a tv show?
      why even decide if you’ll like or not like something – BEFORE it even exists? they haven’t even started filming or even cast anyone
      hopefully the Howling Commandos will appear, as well as Howard Stark (almost 100% he’ll have a cameo at minimum)

      lastly – what wrong with catering to people who enjoy the MCU with new and inventive tv shows?
      has there been a lot of shows starring female leads in post-WWII as they go about creating a new spy agency?
      and the fact that the guys behind CAWS are behind it – doesn’t that sound good?

      • Cooper (who plays Stark) has stated that he’d love to be on the show. I’m sure he’ll have an ongoing recurring role as the show progresses. I’m more interested in seeing Agent Flynn (Bradley Whitford) on the show, as he was in the One-Shot. He’s an awesome actor. Also, to see Arnim Zola, and Tommy Lee Jones’ character come back would be fantastic and welcoming in it of itself.

        • mr whitford needs work since trophy wife got cancelled. i’m thinking he will be on the show. hopefully we get some casting news soon.

          • Seriously? Trophy Wife was cancelled? That show was actually funny! Those kids were hilarious. Bert was awesome!

            I’m so sick of these networks cancelling sitcoms. It’s a different market nowadays, you won’t pull in Friends type viewers. So Malin Ackerman and Bradley Whitford are gone, yet I’m guessing Tim Allen is still on the air. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BEHIND, MR. (or MRS.) NETWORK EXECUTIVE!

            Please tell me that ABC renewed the Goldbergs…

      • they are called trolls. of course there is no logical reason for them to be reading up about articles about things they claim to hate. They do it because they have no life and they get joy out of just complaining about things for the sake of complaining. Real people when they are not interested in things just avoid them.

        • So you are saying you never look into anything that might be something you don’t like? I have never been a huge fan of DC but I still try to keep up on what they are doing. For years the Batman movies were awful and any attempt at anything related to the other heroes were absolutely awful. Yet I still kept reading up on what was happening. Now they have finally made 3 Batman movies that were incredible, 3 awesome TV shows and more movies to come. But according to you I should have never read information on any of those things because I didn’t like DC. People are allowed to have negative opinions about the things you like. The idea people are reading this just so they can post comments to piss off fans is stupid. Grow up and realize not everyone agrees on things. That’s where conversation and debates start. Stop the b******* “If you don’t agree with me then you can’t comment” whining.

          Back on topic however. Agent Carter is going to be incredible and if it does end up being sub-par like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D then at least we get a larger Marvel Universe. Expanding the world and story is the point of the TV shows. Not every story can be at the Level of Avengers or Winter Soilder.

      • Cripes. People can’t say they don’t like something? Only people who like what you like are allowed to speak? Fanboy fascist.

    • To be honest, I’ve been watching AoS from the start and I think it’s a great show. Sorry you don’t like it, but you don’t have to call the TV shows “lame”. Just don’t watch them if you don’t like them. I’m personally very excited for Agent Carter.

    • Agents of SHIELD is one of the best shows out there, regardless of genre. Even separate of the MCU. I actually prefer the show to some of the movies. I think they decided to do an Agent Carter show because that’s what a lot of fans want to see, and it’s a way to really go in depth and see how SHIELD was created.

      Why would you even come here if you don’t like the show?

      I personally, love the chance to see something SHIELD related while we’re waiting for the second half of the season. This seems to be a test the waters sort of thing, so if it doesn’t work out than it won’t really matter. I’ll always be a Coulson fan, I love his character and depth of personality.

  3. Very cool idea. That’s how you do it Marvel…Disney…ABC! Those mid-season hiatus’s are what kill the momentum of a lot of these new TV shows. A lot of times, I’ll find something else to fill the void and at times, I will not return to the original series because the replacement show is better. So, putting a show that will draw in similar viewers in the same timeslot is a genius idea on their part.

    • Hard to disagree here. It’s one of many things I think is insane about US TV scheduling, completely kills interest in shows for many people and can make you go from eager anticipation to absolute apathy, especially if the wait is 3 months (like we had with Revolution and Agents Of S.H.I.T.E. or 2 months with Arrow to avoid the constant stop-starts in the US scheduling for those shows so we can have the newer episodes on consecutive weeks instead of “oops, just had the show come back but now here’s a 2 week wait until the next episode”).

      • and that’s why I wait and binge watch a lot of shows on Netflix. ;)

  4. Clearly they are going to use this show to highlight the Michael Douglas character in Ant-Man is my guess.

    • Cool! That would make sense. And would be very interesting!

    • how is that “clear” ?
      no one has been cast and if MD plays Hank Pym in the present MCU (in Ant-Man) which makes sense – ie. let’s say Hank Pym is in his 60s or 70s (ie. like MD in real life) – then in the 1940′s – Hank Pym would barely be born (or likely not even born yet).
      based on that alone he likely won’t be a character in Agent Carter – until the MCU explores the 1960s or 70s.

      considering basically NOTHING is known about the Ant-Man movie – why would you make any assumptions about anything?

      But it is possible that he’ll factor into the Stark Expo during the 70s and he knew Howard Stark around those times.
      So one scene that may come up eventually in a future film or tv show – older Howard meets YOUNG Hank Pym.

      the only thing known about Agent Carter series – is exactly what is posted in this article – Haley Atwell is in it, it takes place in 1946. — and she’ll be involved in the creation of SHIELD. THAT’S IT.

      • If Ant-Man -the movie, is based in two different time periods, the 1960s and the 1990′s
        If Pym is 40 in the 1960′s and 70 in the 1990′s, then Marvel can make him 25 in the late 1940′s.

        If Ant-Man is tied into the current MCU, then you’re correct Pym cannot be tied into the Agent Carter series.

        • if antman is set in current timeline, and if you use his real age, MD/HP was born in ’44, making him 2 during agent carter. maybe hanks dad could have been involved with shield.
          i also hope they can get the drill sargent guy from CA:TFA to be on this.

  5. Baron Zemo (Heinrich or Helmut, doesn’t really matter) would be an awesome head villain, and the whole season could be his creation of the Masters of Evil. It fits perfectly in the timeline, and the roster of baddies link smoothly with the existing Universe. It could include Enchantress (Thor), Baron Mordo (Doctor Strange), Radioactive Man (Iron Man), Wonder Man (Guardians of the Galaxy), Klaw (Black Panther), or even–doubtfully–Ultron (Avengers 2)! If not, then show Hydra infiltrating SHIELD, led by Baron Strucker or Madame Hydra/Viper.

    • I doubt they are going to show few if any super power characters. Its rare when you get them on AOS where they have the weapons/man power to deal with them.

      I expect it will deal with small things like Antman possibly, likely Zola and probably a lot of nazi plots hinting at super soldier projects of various types plus a LOT of Charlies Angels storylines.

      They are going to be constrained by not being able to alter the future in terms of story lines so they are not going to put in limiting storylines ala Panther, Avengers, current AOS and Avengers…so that lets most of the villians out above…plus Klaw probably belongs to the FF likely ( maybe? ).

  6. I love the idea of the split.

    The constant breaks during this season drove me nuts. I know that they were stretching it out, but it was very momentum killing. This could truly help keep things tight and have nearly every week present something new. I love it.

  7. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, there is the number one reason I will be anxious to view this and Hayley Atwell has been great in her limited but crucial role and who doesn’t love a “period” series? Cannot be any worse then AOS in an acting and writing stand point…so if we don’t cringe with every bad written forced line ,Agent Carter hopefully has a Summer future.

  8. Well, that’s a different way of doing things. Guess it isn’t surprising, considering that Marvel has been doing things differently since Iron Man 1. Can’t wait to see if Agent Carter can live up to the hype it will naturally have.

  9. Why would they cut a season in half when it is so apparent that it’s not on the most sable of ground in the first place? Allow the AoS story play out minimizing the breaks so that the loyal fanbase can cintinue to watch while allowing for new viewers to watch it on a consistent basis. Agent Carter could be a lead in or could play afterward and they could market the two hour block as Marvel night.

    • The Split is actually probably a good thing because shows have to go on hiatus anyway and take breaks to make it the full broadcast season.Now there will be 13 uninterrupted episodes of shield then 13 of carter than 13 of shield again.Great for story-telling.

      • This. also it gives the writers some time to make a quality narrative and fix some mistakes they made in the first half.

  10. I’d probably see the first episode tho but will only continue if derek luke, neal mcdonough,keneth choi & jj field’s characters show up in the series…that’s all

  11. I like it. I liked her character in Cap 1 and her one shot, i like that it will break up the second Shield season. Gives you something to watch during the break that is in the Marvel universe.

    so now you’ll have Marvel on TV every week from Sept to May.

  12. Why on earth do they split seasons in half?

    It’s like they want people to forget about it and stop watching.

    America does TV in a very strange way, no wonder so many shows fail.

    • because like everyone else, people involved in tv have a life outside of work, and it takes a while to produce 22-23 42 minute episodes. people have vacations, actors have other projects they are contracted on. it’s all about scheduling. it’s been this way for years. Lost got it right at the end by delaying the start of the broadcast and run the season in 2 uninterrupted runs.
      if current trends continue, netflix will have AOS on-line a few weeks prior to ABC airing the next season.

  13. ~ABC’s official synopsis for Agent Carter establishes that the show takes place in 1946, with Peggy “trying to navigate life as a single woman.” Sounds like Alias or Covert Affairs set in in the 1940′s. They are going to have to introduce credible antagonists for this project because they are not going to have the modern movie story lines to fall back on if things fall flat.

    As for the split seasons it may just be Disney wanting to extend their in-house brands as a means to advertise the films. Shows have a hard enough time keeping viewers after long breaks and the only thing more problematic than Agent Carter not keeping viewers would be fans liking the show more than AOS.

  14. It comes as no surprise that they split Agents of Shield in two parts. They already did something like that. Hopefully it will tie-in with Avengers: Age of Ultron :D!

  15. Looking forward to this, but I’m so tired of mid season breaks, just make a season and let us watch it. Can’t count how many times I’ve stopped watching a show because I did not pick up the second half. The reason I kept with AOS was because it’s Marvel but any other show I would have probably been put off by the disjointed schedule. Very hard to follow AOS I find, make it easy for me to enjoy your show.

  16. I think I’ll eyeball this show. It would be refreshing to see how a dynamic woman like Carter will be able to survive successfully in a man’s world and continue working for S.H.I.E.L.D. Hayley Atwell was just so great in the first Captain America movie that she deserves a show of her own.

  17. Not sure this show will be strong enough on it’s own, but I will definitely watch it.

  18. Look for Agent Carter to do the story about the “blue alien” this will help with next season of AoS and also may tie in with the Gardians story. Disney\Marvel have this stuff planned out till around 2028. Call me crazy but I love how all this being done and Ill be on board till the end. That is unless they totally screw it up.

  19. Spider had to have watched, or else how would Spider have known how good of a show it really is. The beautiful thing about life is that you cannot please everyone, that would be a major miracle, Spider wishes Spider had a capitol one cashback card in Spider’s wallet. A funny thing happened on the way to Thor’s hammer, Agent Carter found Item 47, through the consultant who said All Hail the king. what’s the next one shot going to be in the Winter Soldier DVD??? Black Panther no doubt baby, and a prelude to Agents of SHIELD season 2.

  20. Only eight episodes seems a bit short…But if the show it’s as good as I expect,it’s fine.

  21. I think some people may be looking at this in a more traditional manner rather than the unusual one that it is. The winter break slot for Agent Carter is not likely to be 3 months as the author of this article suggested, and the second half of AOS is not likely to be post poned till MAY. Both of those suggest AC (Agent Carter) running a FULL programing scheadul of some sort (12 to 16 weeks).

    This will be a limited engagement. Likely 6 to 10 episodes. Therefore 6 to 8 weeks. IF AOS takes a break in the last week of November, AC has 5 weeks in December and up to 4 weeks in January to to air. out of that 9 weeks, take one away for Christmas, and that leaves you with 2 options for 8 or 10 episode runs.

    a) 8 one hour episodes.
    b) 6 one hour episodes and 2 two hour episodes… the premier and the finale.

    of course they couse also take away the week of new years and the last week of January to start AOS. Leaving AC with only 6 weeks, leaving you with 2 options for 6 to 8 episode runs.

    c) 6 one hour episodes.
    d) 4 one hour episodes and 2 two hour episodes… the premier and the finale.

    I think 8 episodes is a good limited engagement run. If it does well, they could always run 10 or 12 episodes in the summer.

    Remember this is an unusuall spin off, it does not happen in the present, it happens in 1947 So it can tie into ANY AOS episode past present or future at any time. However You don’t want to do to much in the PAST. It can limit your options for current and future shows.

  22. I’m looking forward to this series more than any other series in 2015.
    Although I didn’t Like “The first Avenger,” I loved the scenes during the beginning, I loved seeing the 1940′s in a modern movie, and I loved the characters of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark.
    I believe this show will be amazing.

  23. Marvel “Agent Carter” will start on Jan. 6,2015.

  24. Alright, First of All, Agents of Shield is an awesome show. According to me, It’s one of the best TV shows on air right now. I know some people said that AoS S1 was very bad. People complain of it being similar to Smallville as in introducing 1 episode baddie and killing it. But that was just to stall for a little bit and set up a story line behind Captain America 2.

    AoS S2 is actually pretty good now that they have a stable plot line. It has also recived pretty high critical ratings (9.2/10). If you have stopped watching AoS then you are missing out on seriously good show.

  25. I will defently i check out Agent Carter I am really intrested to see how things turn out also I like the idea of the 40-50′ time line. Now for the splitting of the AoS I dont really like it but i guess it goes like last year that the show was connected with the Captain American and the winter Soldier i guess it goes the same way as on may we have the release of the Avengers. I hope to see a really dark time and training of Skye(Daisy) when the show returns. So for the guys complaining that AoS is lame: the first season was a bit lame we had to know the characters, we had some wierd changes in the plots and so on. Season two was far more better and well balanced. From the first till the 10th episode the plot was building up little by little in every episode until the winter finale that we see the masive bomb and creation of Queke. If that is not enought to make you waiting for the reboot of the series what is?? By the way stop critisiazing everything like grown ups and telling lies to your self that Disney movies has this meaning, Marvel show are lame etc… F@#$ing admit that you damn god like it and you fell like you are back in time and waking up since 8 in the morning on Sundays to watch your favoriete shows. God why we have become so hypocrits as humans???!!!!

  26. Some of u marvel fans :) aren’t really marvel fans! Just spoiling and wasting time so if u don’t like it why do u pay so much interest. Peronally I like marvel so info u don’t get out :p

  27. I absolutely love “Agents of Shield”. I had no intentions of watching “Agent Carter”, but I watched for the heck of it. I really liked the show. I think I will continue to watch.

  28. I don’t like it. I would prefer to watch S H I E L D. Maybe you can run them together.

  29. Please Bring back Shield. The Carter episodes are a channel changer.