The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets deeper and deeper with every release, both on the big screen and on television. Earlier this year, Marvel Studios stepped back into its storied past with Agent Carter, the further adventures of SSI Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. After a successful eight episode run in January and February, the cast and crew are officially back at work to craft their 10 episode second season.
Atwell returns to the titular role, bringing with her Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy), and Agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) when the series returns next year. This season finds Agent Carter relocated to the glitzy, glamorous world of 1940s Hollywood as she faces her toughest and most challenging task to date.
Filming was announced today via Atwell’s Twitter, where the actress spoke of her early call as the first day of shooting commenced in earnest. While little is known about the direction Season 2 will head in, we do know that famed Marvel villain Madame Masque will make her debut in the MCU, though casting for the role has yet to be announced. Madame Masque is known to comic readers as a robotics expert who frequently comes head to head with members of the Avengers, especially Iron Man. While they’ll certainly have to change the character considerably to match with Agent Carter’s 1940s setting, what we’ve heard so far sounds interesting to say the least.
3am wake up call. Time to go to work. #AgentCarter season 2 filming begins!
— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) August 31, 2015
In a recent interview with /Film, executive producers Tara Butters and Chris Dingess outlined their plans to bring Madame Masque into Peggy Carter’s world. According to Butters:
“Our villain from the season is very much a Marvel villain that we co-opted a little bit like we did Dr. Fennhoff in the first season... I think we’ve changed the look of her a bit obviously. We’ve made her an actress, which is very Hedy Lamarr. She was a ‘40s siren actress who was also a scientific genius, so that’s part of what we’re mining with this character.”
This is an intriguing approach to the character, whose interest in robotics might be hard to shoehorn into a 40s setting. Using Lamarr - who famously invented the frequency hopping technology that laid the foundation for Bluetooth - as their inspiration for the character helps bring some legitimacy to the idea of a master roboticist living in 1940s Hollywood. Given her comic book history with Tony Stark, with whom Madame Masque shares a particular romantic affinity, one wonders if this dynamic will be explored with Howard Stark in the show. The idea makes sense, given the parallels between the Starks that were explored in Agent Carter’s first season.
Regardless, we can be sure that Agent Carter will continue its tradition of high flying spy vs spy action when it debuts early next year. The change in setting opens up a world of possibilities for the show and marks a considerable change from the MCU’s typical New York-centric story-telling. Added to that is the jump to 10 episodes, which will allow for a deeper exploration of the MCU’s history. There’s plenty to get excited about as we near the premiere and we’ll keep you updated as information becomes available.
There’s currently no solid premiere date for season two of Agent Carter, but it’s expected to maintain its position as a mid-season replacement for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s hiatus.