‘Agent Carter’ spun from ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ into her own limited run TV series, which served in ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’‘s place when that show went on winter hiatus last season. The sleek period piece won the hearts of Marvel die-hards and Haley Atwell’s depiction of anachronistically liberated lady Peggy Carter proved one of the toughest female protagonists on TV. Unfortunately, the ratings weren’t exactly through the roof, so a return engagement wasn’t insured, but ABC and parent company Disney had enough to faith that they are bringing Carter back for a second engagement this season.
The new setting adds a different flavor to the gritty period piece, as executive producer Michele Fazekas explains:
“In Los Angeles, you have the spectacular wealth, glamour and beauty right next to the grit and crime—often right up against each other. We’re very much being inspired by Noir films.”
But Agent Carter won’t have to brave this new landscape alone. Howard Stark’s trusty manservant Jarvis (James D’Arcy), who proved invaluable in the first season, will continue to accompany and serve Peggy in this new adventure.
Some fans may have worried that Jarvis’ involvement may have ended with Season One, but Fazekas says:
“We have a nice organic way to infuse Jarvis. That was always the challenge. He’s not an agent. The case for the first season is over, so the biggest question for us this season was: We love Peggy and Jarvis together, that’s a really important relationship, how do we keep them together? LA has provided us a really nice, organic way to do so.”
ABC unveiled this stylized Art Deco-influenced poster, featuring Peggy and Jarvis against a background that emphasizes the new glitzy location for the show, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. eagle logo imposed on the skyline. If you’re in attendance at SDCC next weekend, you can pick up your own copy of the poster at Marvel’s booth (#2339). (If anyone wants to get me one, I won’t object!)
Hopefully, ‘Agent Carter’ will bear some resemblance to the gritty but glamorous 1997 movie ‘L.A. Confidential.’
What would you like to see in season two? Are you excited to get a second season of this series?