ABC unveiled an extended look at its second Marvel series this evening during a television special recounting the history of Marvel, and now the lengthy Agent Carter clip has been released online for those that missed it. The bulk of the footage consists of a clip in which Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter discusses a secret mission with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), after which she engages with Stark’s butler Jarvis (James D’Arcy), who serves as the basis for Tony Stark’s computer system in the modern day MCU. The direction and blocking in the clip is oddly stilted and more than a little cheesy, but I’m intrigued by the show’s promise of exploring gender politics in the post-World War II workplace. Moreover, the final sequence in the clip showcases some solid action from Atwell’s character.
Take a look at the extended Agent Carter clip for yourself after the jump. The show also stars Chad Michael Murray, Enver Gjokai, and Shea Whigham. Agent Carter will air on ABC Tuesdays starting in January 2015.
Here’s the official synopsis for Agent Carter:
ABC presents its second action packed series from the creative minds at Marvel in “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” inspired by the feature films Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” and Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
Years before Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts.
But no one should ever underestimate Peggy.
It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field; putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.
When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy – the only person he can trust – to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for releasing these weapons of mass destruction. But Jarvis, who is a creature of habit and sticks to a rigid daily routine, is going to have to make some major life changes if he’s going to be able to keep up with Peggy.
If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse. And as she delves deeper into her investigation, she may find that those she works for are not who they seem, and she might even begin to question whether Stark is as innocent as he claims.