All eyes are on how Marvel's latest endeavor, Ant-Man, will perform (presumably, the eyes are pressed up against a microscope), but the comic book studio still has many other irons in the fire.
Besides their huge successes on the big screen, they're not doing too bad on the smaller side of things either: their first Netflix series Daredevil is an unqualified success with a Punisher-filled season 2 on the way; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has picked up speed, and Agent Carter has earned itself a second 2 renewal – with some returning stars just confirmed.
Along with British actress Hayley Atwell obviously returning in the title role, the second season of Marvel's Agent Carter will see her joined by James D’Arcy and Enver Gjokaj (who play Howard Stark's butler Edwin Jarvis and S.S.R. Agent Daniel Sousa, respectively), EW is reporting. While not officially confirmed, it's thought that Chad Michael Murray, Bridget Regan and Lyndsy Fonseca will also be returning with the main cast, as they up sticks for California.
There are some big changes coming in the second season of Agent Carter, as per the official plot synopsis:
Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home – and perhaps even a new love – she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
The first season of the retro Marvel show received mixed reviews, with some crowning it a feminist masterpiece with its exploration of post-World War II gender politics, and others complaining it paled in comparison to the studio's movies (a common complaint with sister show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Despite criticism and some rocky ratings, Agent Carter made it through to a second season, thanks in part to organized fan campaigns.
While its fifties setting stopped it from crossing over with the modern Marvel Cinematic Universe too much, the first season was full of Easter Eggs and references for eagle-eyed fans, and from the sound of it there's more to come in season 2. What's a little harder to explain is how much of the supporting cast will make the move to L.A. with Peggy, since presumably the S.S.R. are still based in New York, and the likes of Lyndsy Fonseca's diner waitress Angie can't really afford to move cross-country. Still, this is a universe full of Ant-Men and Dominic Cooper sporting a convincing American accent, so anything could happen...
Agent Carter season two will debut on ABC during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three mid-season break, in early 2016.