This week was the premiere of the highly anticipated Agent Carter, Marvel’s first miniseries. So, who is Agent Carter, and what can we expect from this show?
In Captain America: Winter Soldier we find out Agent Peggy Carter was one of the founding members of SHIELD, establishing her as an important figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). When we see her in the Marvel Comics, Carter is romantically involved with Captain America and used as a tie to his WWII days. By bringing Carter into a position of power in the MCU, Marvel is allowing for a great female character to be played out not just as a support or love interest for the superheroes, but as a very important character in the establishment of the new Marvel intelligence, paving the way for the future of the MCU.
The choice to play out this story in a TV miniseries allows Marvel to delve deep into her character and explain what happened between the assumed death of Captain America to meeting up with him decades later in Winter Soldier, and how she ended up becoming such an important person in the establishment of SHIELD. I for one are very excited to see where this show takes us, the story and possibilities are endless, and with such a big budget for only eight episodes we can expect movie quality production on our TV screens every week.
Episode one kicks of the miniseries with a bang. Picking up right where Captain America left off, Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell) is a detective in a male dominated field which sees Carter trading her high position in the war with defending herself against sexist remarks in the office, working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve).
Her lack of purpose as the unofficial ‘secretary’ of the office is turned around when suspected traitor and old friend – billionaire inventor Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) – seeks her out in secret to help clear his name. With the guidance of Mr Jarvis (James D’Arcy) – yes, finally putting a face to the robot from the Iron Man films – Agent Carter’s mission is to find where Stark’s missing weapons of mass destruction are on the black market and do so before her co-workers find out, risking her life multiple times in the process.
If you’re still not convinced, at least watch this show for the visual spectacle it is; Marvel’s big budget with less episodes than a normal running series means a highly produced show set in 1940’s New York: think colourful retro sets, three piece suits and hybrid tech we’ve never seen before. Hayley Atwell shines in her performance as Agent Carter, and the charismatic charm of James D’Arcy provides for a great sidekick character. Even smaller characters of Angie Martinelli (Lyndsy Fonseca) and Agent Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) are well developed and easy to root for against the harsh detectives who clash with Carter, Agent Dooley (Shea Whigham) and Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray).
So, what are you waiting for? With a confirmed interest in a second season, you can afford to get invested in Agent Carter. This show isn’t going anywhere but up!