Stand back, world – Marvel is taking over the universe.
On the heels of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s renewal for a second season last night, ABC also announced the official pick-up of Agent Carter: a series centered around the popular Captain America character played by Hayley Atwell, based on the one-shot of the same name first released on the Iron Man 3 DVD last year.
True to form, Marvel is keeping the details of the project under tight lock and key. But until we can confirm more at ABC’s Upfront presentation next week, here’s what we do know: the series will most likely be a short order (13 episodes or less) that would air as a “bridge” during the hiatus period of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It will be set in 1946, with Peggy working for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) while also fielding covert missions for Howard Stark during the earliest days of S.H.I.E.L.D. (No word on specific casting, but it’s rumored that Dominic Cooper will be a recurring guest star.) It will focus on Peggy’s role as a woman in a post WWII world, when the men are returning from war and she is finding herself highly marginalized, while attempting to deal with the aftermath of her love, Steve Rogers. Should the series be successful, it will most likely continue as a short order, similar to the Mad Men model of moving forward a year or two in time with each new season (likely ending or leading up to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s complete formation.)
So why should we be excited about Agent Carter? (Aside from the obvious answer of getting to watch the amazingly talented Hayley Atwell own our TV screens once a week.) A female protagonist, a period setting, and an open field of storytelling are only some of the qualities that the series offers, all of which promise to help make it successful. In the wake of our enthusiasm, we break them down below. [WARNING: Slight spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to follow.]