Marvel Studios has expanded its brand to encompass television with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and regardless of your feelings about the espionage series, we should all be able to agree that it's helped set the stage for bigger and better things. That includes four Netflix series that could see Marvel branch out creatively, in addition to the upcoming Agent Carter TV show - a program that will put one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's women front and center (something many fans have been asking for).
Agent Carter has been surrounded in secrecy thus far, so we've been unable to confirm that Hayley Atwell is reprising as (Agent) Peggy Carter, who gets up to a variety of adventures in the 1940s after her would-be boyfriend Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) gets lost and frozen at sea.
However, Deadine's reliable sources have given them a tip-off about who will be working behind the scenes on the show. According to the site, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have reportedly been brought onboard as writers and executive producers on Agent Carter, as part of their overall deal with ABC Studios (though, Marvel has yet to formally confirm the news).
UPDATE: In a separate Deadline report, ABC head Paul Lee is quoted as having said that the Agent Carter pilot script - written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America 1 & 2) - is "great" and just awaiting an official green light.
Butters and Fazekas have a strong background in the TV medium, as creators of the well-received supernatural comedy/drama series Reaper (which aired on the CW from 2007-09). Furthermore, the duo have served as writers and/or producers on such genre series as Joss Whedon's sci-fi Dollhouse and the Hawaii Five-0 reboot, while they are currently working as dual showrunners on the fantasy/drama series Resurrection (which premieres on ABC in March 2014).
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was entrusted to Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon and his Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog/Dollhouse brain trust (brother Jed Whedon and sister-in-law Maurissa Tancharoen), but Marvel has begun to reach out further in the TV writing community as it continues to build the small screen wing of its universe.
That includes giving the Daredevil series to Drew Goddard - a longtime writer/producer on Alias and Lost who got his start on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer - and having Melissa Rosenberg (a former writer/executive producer on Dexter) take the reins on the Jessica Jones series. If an equally promising choice is brought onboard to oversee the Luke Cage series, that will continue to signal good things ahead for Marvel's Netflix trial run.
Similarly, having Butters and Fazekas involved with Agent Carter makes the series sound all the more intriguing, despite it being planned as an ABC production. That's because the pair are no strangers to working in the confines of public TV - and, therefore, can handle the balance act of serving their corporate interests, while still offering a show that is artistically resonant (something the folks behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has struggled with thus far).
All things considered, Agent Carter seems to be another smart "risk" on Marvel's part thus far. Let us know if you agree/disagree in the comments section.
We'll keep you posted on Agent Carter's development as more information is made available.
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