When Marvel Television took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con, there was plenty to talk about in regards to their two live action shows ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and ‘Agent Carter’. In the past, we’ve seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe spill out onto ABC courtesy of Agent Phil Coulson and company dealing with Asgardians and HYDRA, but when it comes to Hayley Atwell’s heroine Peggy Carter, it looks like showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas are bringing some of that movie flavor behind the scenes.
It was announced at the Marvel Television panel that four Marvel movie filmmakers will head to the small screen to helm episodes of ‘Agent Carter’. It was also revealed that Louis D’Esposito, the man responsible for Peggy’s first solo adventure in the ‘Agent Carter’ Marvel One-Shot, will direct the pilot episode of the upcoming series. For episodes two and three, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo will make a comeback to television. Finally, while no contracts had been signed yet, the panelists shared that ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ director Joe Jonson is in talks for the fourth episode. With that sort of synergy coming from the MCU, ‘Agent Carter’ is shaping up to be a powerhouse miniseries.
On the other side of the camera, ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ writers and ‘Agent Carter’ producers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus revealed that a familiar character from Avengers lore will be making an appearance on the ABC show. When speaking about successful ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has been with integrating things from the movies and the comics into their story, they revealed to Collider that someone very connected to Tony Stark will be featured on their new show:
Stephen McFeely: “What’s great is that we have the same bonus with Cap one, that we could do anything we want because we don’t have to tie into anything because we come before everything. Then we forced them to tie into us.”
Christopher Markus: “We’ll certainly have Easter eggs and even more than that. I think I can say, one of the characters will be Edwin Jarvis, who is Howard Stark’s manservant, who goes on to be a tutor to Tony, and therefore is the inspiration for the AI voice and all that. So it’s that kind of interconnectedness that should make peoples ears go … that’s the kind of reaction I want. That’s right.”
As if it weren’t enough that this news basically confirms Dominic Cooper’s involvement in ‘Agent Carter’ as Howard Stark, it’s great to see Jarvis properly depicted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, that’s not to downplay Paul Bettany’s role as the voice of Tony’s personal AI, JARVIS, but since he’s moving on to be the Vision in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’, it’ll be nice to put an actual face to the name, which is something that we’ve gotten in the comics for ages.
What do you think about all these developments on ‘Agent Carter’? Are you excited to see some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most talented directors lending their talents to the show? And what do you think about Edwin Jarvis making his MCU debut? Share your thoughts in the comments below.