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.
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.
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.