Marvel Developing AGENT CARTER TV Series Around 1940s S.H.I.E.L.D. Operative Peggy Carter

     September 18, 2013

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We have seen a couple clips from the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter that show Hayley Atwell kicking ass as Peggy Carter, a 1940s British operative who joins a new organization called S.H.I.E.L.D. after the events of Captain America.  The short is on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray (due September 24), but this may not be the last we see of Peggy Carter.  Agent Carter director Louis D’Esposito revealed to us, “There are going to be more Peggy Carter stories that we need to tell… What we’ll do and how we’ll do it has not been determined yet, but those discussions have started.”

A report surfaced tonight that the future adventures of Peggy Carter may continue on television as an Agent Carter series in development at Marvel.  More after the jump.

marvel-agent-carter-hayley-atwellDeadline hears Marvel is in the early stages of developing an Agent Carter television series and is currently “in the process of locking a writer.”  Interestingly, it is unclear if Atwell would reprise her role in a series.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday—I can picture Marvel’s Agent Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a prequel spinoff next fall if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does as well as ABC dares to dream.  There is also the live-action Hulk series lingering in development (I think I’d like Marvel’s Agent Hulk of S.H.I.E.L.D. best of all), although it’s been over a year since ABC president Paul Lee hoped the show would make the Fall 2013 lineup.  Marvel and Disney are clearly exploring their opportunities on television.

Marvel is in no rush to confirm this news, and even development is no guarantee the series will come to fruition, but I think a period spy show puncutated by comic book fare sounds pretty cool.  In the meantime, you can preview Agent Carter action in the One-Shot clip below.

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  • killabee

    I’ll watch it.

    • ʝoe Ģnaśher ßloggs

      Me too! Hayley is da bomb!

  • Keith

    It sure would stink if they recast without Hayley Atwell. She was a bright spot in the movie.

  • Ziro Da Hutt

    Its a very good idea, I’m all for exploring an era not featured in the Marvel films right now

  • Leo Spaceman

    As long as they don’t recast Atwell. Honestly I feel this would be better if they did a few miniseries rather than long running seasons season after season. If there is a story to tell, tell it. Make it short and concise with no filler. Have the show constantly moving forward. Short and sweet but only with Atwell returning, otherwise this might just be where I stop watching every single thing coming out of the Marvel universe.

    • Greyson


    • axalon

      Yes, American networks really need to adopt the BBC series format. Sherlock is only 3 episodes per series which is short and sweet. I’m always left wanting more as opposed to feeling exhausted with the material.

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  • LEM

    This seems pointless.

  • lobtaylor

    Pointless. Not interested in the character not sure what the character has to do with anything!

  • Jamesy

    It would be really cool to see anything with the Hulk in it, but unless its Mark Ruffalo I’m not sure it would work, And why waste the character on tv, everyone seen how amazing Hulk looked in The Avengers, even though amazing work is being done on television and budgets are bigger, I doubt they would be able to reach the same heights in terms of the effects for Hulk. And Peggy Carter seems like a low league character to base a continuing series on, maybe as a mini series it could work. To me it seems as if Marvel are starting to get too greedy and that’s where things fall apart. Stick with the cinematic universe, although there as endless possibilities within the universe I think they should try and keep it contained to some level before it just falls apart. When movies try and introduce more outlandish characters or aspects it hasn’t went particularly well in the past…Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Pirates of the Caribbean.

    • Joe

      Apples and oranges. Peggy Carter isn’t being shoe-horned into future big screen movies. Her character is pretty much retired due to her being very elderly or dead in the modern MCU. Her importance isn’t (especially in the modern-day) Marvel comicbook Universe really felt; except maybe how memories of her effect Captain America (and even he’s trying to knock boots with her grand-daughter Sharon, an agent of SHIELD).
      That also makes her a blank slate, whose importance in this MCU-version could be much higher than her comicbook counterpart. She could be the audience proxy to the way certain things formed post-WWII to become the alternate Earth of secret monsters and aliens and artifacts (that has only now come to the surface with the events of Iron Man/Thor/Hulk/Avengers).
      The stakes obviously wouldn’t be too high, as we know that everything turns out okay since the present day Avengers-centric MCU is going on right now. That’s the only problem I see as far as story-telling limitations. Nothing world-changing would happen, but that doesn’t mean that you couldn’t craft (largely from scratch), an engaging character living in bizarre alternate history post-WWII America. It would be separate from things that actually effect the Avengers, but it would still stand as its own exciting thing on the side (that ties into modern SHIELD through shared histories). And Atwell’s already proven to be an intriguing WWII-era spy in a TV show with BBC’s Restless. Granted, a Marvel-produced weird science WWII adventure might not be in the same league of classy; but the premise and talent surely classes up an idea that could take a timeslot that would otherwise go to yet another black spandex-clad street hero fighting crime on a generically New York backlot, on a budget.
      The comics and comic-book-movie worlds needs more breakout characters. It’d be pretty boring if all we had were Nick Fury heading up SHIELD and Marvel hadn’t developed a counter-balance to him a few years back in Maria Hill or introduced a completely new character that had never been in the comics before, Agent Coulson. I’m all for an interesting Peggy Carter saga uncovering the secret ancient histories (Celestials?, Eternals?, Ancient Inhumans?, Brotherhood of the SHIELD?, mother-f’ing Kree??) that help the audience better understand why the MCU-Earth is the way it is and where it’s headed in the future.
      And if you ran out of past stories to tell?… Peggy Carter: Time Traveler!!
      Why not? That’s ALL Marvel’s doing in their comics right now…

  • Elitist Prick

    If you want to have something with Agent Carter, what I would really love is a noir film set in the Marvel Universe. It could be like ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ set in the 1940s, but have a more detective/Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade feel to it. Plus, you could do it for cheap with less special effects than an actual superhero movie or even ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ itself, since you’d be focusing more on the noir aesthetic rather than an action TV show or film. Also, I just like noir.

    • Lovecraftlives

      I agree. That action stuff could be with “Agents of Shield” while they could do something different with this show.

    • Random Bystander

      I think a Montgomery Falsworth/Union Jack film would make for a great noir film.

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  • RiddleThemThis

    I’m more interested in this than I am with “Agents of SHIELD”.

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  • Oversaturate

    I wonder when Marvel’s lowest common denominator demographic will finally get sick of all the generic drivel they put out.

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