Agent Carter debuted its first season during the midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2. The series continued the story of Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who had been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: The First Avenger -- and proved to be a fan-favorite character thanks to the Marvel One Shot also titled Agent Carter. Season 1 saw Peggy acclimating to the Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City, following the events of The First Avenger, returning to work after World War II, and attempting to move on from her life that could have been with Steve Rogers.
For season 2 of Agent Carter, the show moved Peggy -- along with many of her friends and enemies -- to Los Angeles, introduced the villain Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), and gave fans another adventure with the SSR agent. With season 2 wrapped up in the finale episode, 'Hollywood Ending,' viewers are wondering whether Agent Carter will be back for season 3. According to a new report, it seems likely that Peggy and her partner Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy) have at least one more season-long adventure ahead of them.
NerdReactor is reporting that their studio source has revealed ABC will be renewing Agent Carter for a third season despite the show's ratings. The first season of Agent Carter debuted to 6.91 million viewers, which dropped to 4.02 by the season 1 finale. The second season continued the downward trend of viewers, premiering to 3.18 million people and falling to 2.35 by the season finale.
ABC recently renewed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for season 4 along with many other series on the network. Additionally, ABC has ordered pilots for the S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff Most Wanted and half-hour comedy Damage Control, with two other series in development -- another comedy and a drama from American Crime's John Ridley. Recently, when speaking about the potential Agent Carter renewal, Atwell said Marvel and ABC wouldn't be making an official announcement until the network's May upfronts presentation.
Of course, this report should be taken with a grain of salt since it hasn't been confirmed by ABC or Marvel themselves. Certainly, along with the drop in ratings, many viewers found the second outing of Agent Carter to be lacking compared to the show's first season. Additionally, with the number of Marvel TV series in various stages of development at ABC, the network may not want to become overcrowded with comic book adaptations and move forward with new series rather than continue Agent Carter.
However, if this report is confirmed by Marvel and ABC, green lighting a third season for Agent Carter, there are many fans that will eagerly anticipate another outing for Peggy, Jarvis, and the rest of her team. Although season 2 of the series may not have been as well received as the first, Atwell's Peggy Carter is still a favorite character among Marvel fans and a third season of Agent Carter could very well regain the viewers the show may have lost.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with 'Bouncing Back' on Tuesday, March 8 at 9pm on ABC. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the future of Agent Carter, Marvel's Most Wanted, Damage Control, and the other in-development series as details become available.