It is, indeed, the end of the road for Peggy Carter—in more ways than one. While the character got a funeral in Captain America: Civil War, that appears to be the last time we’ll see Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter onscreen for the foreseeable future, as ABC has brought down the ax and cancelled the Marvel TV series Agent Carter after two seasons. Created by Civil War and Captain America: The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the spinoff was a promising notion after Marvel’s first TV foray, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got off to a rocky start. Agent Carter took place after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and Steve Rogers’ disappearance and focused on Carter balancing life as a secret agent in 1940s America, with Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark and James D’Arcy’s Jarvis serving as her sometimes cohorts.
While anticipation was high, Agent Carter’s first season failed to impress due to lackluster pacing and storytelling issues inherent in the Marvel TV universe. The show attempted to regroup for the 10-episode second season by moving the setting to Los Angeles, where Carter had to face the threats of the atomic age post-World War II. Ratings continued to struggle even as critical consensus started to turn around, and now ABC—under new president Channing Dungey following Paul Lee’s ousting—has opted to bring the Agent Carter story to an end.
It remains to be seen if Marvel might resurrect the character as part of a One-Shot down the road, should that form of short-film storytelling be resurrected, or some other form of resurrection, or if this is indeed the end for the character’s story. The film and television departments at Marvel have grown further apart since a restructuring moved Kevin Feige directly under Disney’s Alan Horn and away from notoriously finicky Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, who maintains oversight over Marvel TV with Jeph Loeb at the helm. Hey, at least we’ve still got Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, right?
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