After the unprecedented success Marvel Studios found when completing the first phase of its Marvel Cinematic Universe (it started in 2008 with Iron Man and ended in 2012 with The Avengers, for all those playing along at home), Phase 2 saw the studio attempting to do something it had never done before: expanding to television. Although the Netflix lineup of series has easily gotten the most attention in this attempt (the third show, Luke Cage, debuts just this week), it was the opening salvo of ABC programs that led the charge.
Unfortunately for both Marvel and its millions of fans, one of these ABC productions, Agent Carter, was ended after only its second (mini) season earlier this year. This left the ongoing story of Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and the organization she works for, the SSR, dangling – and the transition both would go through to become the present-day S.H.I.E.L.D. unresolved. For now, that is.
Atwell has long hoped for a continuation of her beloved series in one form or another, and it looks like those desires may be closer to coming to fruition. When chatting with CBR, Atwell mentioned the possibility of a television special continuing (ending?) Agent Carter’s storyline:
I hound [Marvel Studios co-president Louis] D’Esposito on a regular basis, saying, ‘Give me a movie!’ I think the great thing about Peggy is, we know from [Captain America: The] Winter Soldier that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on, when I’m in my fifties – I’m like, ‘This is the time. Let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade.’
Although obviously not official confirmation of a new production happening, the fact that the players behind the scenes continue to discuss it is an encouraging sign. And given the wide range of options available to the studio – a possible telefilm could find a home at ABC, the Disney-friendly Netflix, or, conceivably, direct-to-video, given what Marvel had done with its One-Shot short films – there are multiple paths to completion, limiting the number of roadblocks that can pop up.
The most exciting part of this hypothetical development is the removal of certain creative limitations that were imposed upon Carter’s showrunners and writing staff from the network. Since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. beat its sister show to the air by a year-and-a-half, ABC didn’t want to have two series on the air dealing with the spy agency simultaneously, keeping the SSR’s transformation into S.H.I.E.L.D. at arm’s length (despite its chronological inevitability). By doing a telefilm, such a premise can finally be seized upon.
Even if the powers that be behind the possible move still opt to delay Peggy’s transformation from SSR agent to S.H.I.E.L.D. co-founder/co-director, however, there is plenty hanging over from Agent Carter’s second season to deal with, starting with Chief Jack Thompson’s (Chad Michael Murray) mysterious shooting – and possible assassination – and ending with the ongoing relationship between Edwin (James D’Arcy) and Ana Jarvis (Lotte Verbeek). There’s just too much, in short, not to continue Agent Carter, in one form or another.
We'll keep you updated on Agent Carter's future (or lack thereof), as more information is made available.