The Making of Agent Carter
Mavel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is currently on break and if you’re a fan of the show then you probably wondering how to fill that void. You’ve had to seen previews for the new Agent Carter show and you may be wondering about tuning in. If you’re any kind of Marvel fan you know you’ll want to tune in because they always find a way to connect their characters and story lines. Agent Carter played by the super talented Hayley Atwell is the perfect filler until SHIELD returns. If you’re wondering where Agent Peggy Carter comes into play with Marvel then check out both Captain America movies to get caught up to speed on the agent before the show premieres tonight on ABC.
About Agent Carter: “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell, follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter 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 must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” (Marvel/Katrin Marchinowski)
I was invited on a blogger trip in November with ABC Television and Disney, part of the trip included some top-secret Agent Carter time. Twenty five bloggers were given the first look opportunity to find out about Agent Carter and meet with Hayley Atwell herself. I’ll be sharing more about our set visit next week but today I’m sharing about the Making of Agent Carter and how this series came about.
The first part of our Marvel experience (after meeting with the super agent that gave us the run down of do’s and don’ts for our visit) we meet with Louis D’Esposito (Co-President of Marvel Studios & Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”) and Jeph Loeb (Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”). I’ve been busting at the seams wanting to share this stuff with my readers for months but it was mum’s the word, so I’m excited to share some of what we learned today and some more next week. Louis and Jeph chatted with us about how Agent Carter the show was born. It was FANS. Yes, fans wanted to know more about what happened to Carter after the death of Captain America (at least she thought he was dead). The first time Marvel gives fans more on Carter was in the Marvel One Shot that was bonus DVD content that gives a story of what Agent Carter did from about a year after Captain America presumably died to when she became the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
With strong heros, it doesn’t matter if they are men or women, black or white, young or old, a hero comes from within. When you put someone in a certain position, how they come out of it, determines if they are a hero or not – Jeph Loeb.
Louis and Jeph felt they had a great character in Agent Carter, living in 1946 in a world with a glass ceiling, something is was relevant back in 1946 and in 2015. Agent Carter despite obstacles from her male peers can still and will play a major role in the SSR. Since Marvel believes in empowering women leads and not just making them sidekicks or companions to male leads in their movies or television shows Agent Carter fits perfectly. To create the show they needed to secure the stars they wanted to appear in the show in addition to writers and producers. They asked people from their list and once they got all the players they wanted, they had to get Hayley Atwell to sign on to do the show as well. Once they had everyone they wanted they were ready to get started with the show. Be on the look out for some familiar faces in Agent Carter as well. Chad Michael Murray plays Agent Thompson and James D’Arcy plays Edwin Jarvis (the Stark’s butler).
Marvel fans can also look for more Howard Stark in the Agent Carter series. Stark reaches out to Agent Carter (his friend) when he is framed and being accused of selling dangerous arms to enemies of the States. Stark provides his butler Jarvis to Agent Carter to assist her in helping clear his name. This is a double bonus for fans because we get the back story of Jarvis and not he’s not just the voice we are familiar with from Iron Man and Avengers via Tony Stark. We get to learn about the man and how he served this family. We also get to spend more time with original play boy Howard Stark. I loved this tie in because it also opens avenues for Agent Carter to connect to other Marvel movies aside from Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Louis and Jeph shared that while they understood the fans demands for all new episodes all the time and no repeats it would be impossible for them to film all those episodes with no breaks. Agent Carter should fill the void, no repeats of S.H.I.E.L.D and you get to enjoy more Marvel goodness.
Louis says they love planting Easter Eggs in their shows and movies. In Iron Man 2 Tony Stark is wearing the same robe his father Howard wears in the Agent Carter shorts. With the ability to jump their timeline you just never know where Agent Carter or any of the Marvel character will end up so you have to always be sure to tune in. Marvel’s Agent Carter premiers tonight (Jan 6th on ABC). Catch new episodes on Tuesdays at 9 PM ET/PT. Stay connect with Agent Carter online via social media for all things with the show. I hope know you’ll enjoy the smart, strong, sophisticated, super spy Agent Carter as much as we did when we saw the preview.