Sometimes, you just need a little bit of action in your life. Sometimes you need a little Marvel in your life. And most of these times, there’s just too much time between blockbuster Marvel releases to satiate your needs! Thank goodness ABC’s highly anticipated new seven part television event, “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” will debut with a two-hour premiere TODAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). It’s the second action packed series from the creative minds at Marvel, inspired by the feature films “Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.”
The series comes at the perfect time…when ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is in hiatus…LOL! In case you’re not really up on Agent Carter, the show is actually a precursor to “Agents” and gives some great background into how it all got started. This is also at a time when Captain America is considered to be dead. Here’s a little more background. I can’t wait!!!
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).
Agent Carter is played by Haley Atwell, who you likely have seen in the Captain America movies and during the Agent Carter Marvel One Shot. I think you’re starting to get as excited about this as I am. If you’re not, here are some more reasons you’re going to get hooked on this hot new show (from ABC):
- Hayley Atwell: From the moment we saw Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, we knew she was a star. She’s a stunning big-screen beauty, but she also brings a natural authority to taking down the bad guys. She shines with style, wit, and loads of charm — not to mention that perfectly posh accent.
- Marvel Magic: The creative minds at Marvel continue Peggy’s story in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers/Captain America. Peggy works for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), which savvy Marvel fans know is the predecessor to S.H.I.E.L.D. Even more Marvel-ous? Louis D’Esposito, the director of Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, also helmed the premiere episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter, “Now Is Not the End.”
- It’s Action-Packed: Though the story is set in the past, there’s nothing old-fashioned about it. Peggy uses her considerable skills as a spy to go on secret missions for Howard Stark, taking down a lot of bad guys along the way. Think Alias meets Indiana Jones. Sounds pretty awesome, right? It is.
- Crackling Wit: Posh accent and impeccible manners notwithstanding, Peggy Carter knows how to land a zinger. When a man dismissively asks her first name, she simply says, “Agent.” And her sparring with Stark’s butler Jarvis crackles with dry wit.
- It’s Super Stylish: Despite being a no-nonsense agent, Peggy Carter exudes glamour, from her 1940s pin curls to that chic red fedora. Costume Designer Giovanna Ottobre-Melton created a stunning wardrobe of looks for Peggy ranging from smart business suits for the office to elegant evening gowns for undercover assignments.
As you may know, I had the chance to check out the behind the scenes action in LA last month and get the inside scoop on the show!It was so much fun, I really enjoyed it. We got a chance to check out the premiere episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter, which was really good, and conducted some really interesting interviews with the Marvel team, Co-President of Marvel Studios and Executive Producer of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Louis D’Espostio and Marvel’s Head Of TV and Executive Producer of Marvel’s Agent Carter, Jeph Loeb.
Louis D’Esposito (right) and Jeph Loeb (left) via Marvel/Disney
Check out the interview here:
Jeph & Louis: “At some point, the job, the boss, does not sometimes live up to their expectation. The idea of living in a world that has a glass ceiling is something that was relevant in 1946 and it’s relevant in 2015. Terrific star, in a terrific situation, that would tie very neatly into what was going on with our friends at the Marvel agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday nights, 9 o’clock, ABC.”
“How does that happen? Well, the first thing that happens is that Louis, who is very proud of his work but is also not someone who seeks out fame and glory, so I get to do it for him. Went and, as we often do, we show things to people that we’re very proud off. Louis showed it to our good friend, Bob Iger, who you all heard off. Mr. Iger saw it, and saw in it what we saw in it, which is that Hayley Atwell is a big star, big, big star and someone who is extremely likable and fun and you can completely empathize with her and feel like this is a journey you want to go on with her.”
“So a conversation began and it helps when I comes from the top, as to how we could next continue the saga of what is happening with Agent Carter. We needed a few pieces to make that puzzle work and part of what my job is when I’m wearing my Marvel television hat is to find the best creative people that are possible. As we all know you can have the greatest star in the world, you can have the greatest concept in the world, television is really about intimacy. It’s really about character and the way that we watch TV now has changed dramatically.”
“From the days when we would go in your man-cave, your living room or your den. You now watch television in a way that it’s on the laptop, it’s actually on your phone. When you think about that, what could be more intimate than the fact that you take your phone and you put it against your face? If you’re going to do that then you better have somebody that is telling a story that you feel comfortable with, that you feel like, not only is this somebody that I want to see this week, I want to see next week and I want to see the week after that and I want to tell my friends and I want to blog about it. That’s what you got to get.”
“We went to, again we’re so incredibly lucky to have such a vast array of talent and the first thing to do was to go and make sure that we could pry Louis out of, oh let’s just say he’s in the middle of finishing a little movie called Guardians Of The Galaxy and the beginnings of another little movie called Avengers Age Of Ultron, so that shouldn’t be a problem. We should be able to have him onboard. For whatever strange and wonderful reasons he said.”
“Then we go and find Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely who wrote 2 of the movies, one which is called Captain America: The First Avenger, the other which is called Captain America: The Winter Soldier and probably have written more time of Hayley Atwell on screen than anyone else and who are incredibly smart about their writing. Are able to mix action with humor and at the same time drama and make those things happen. I think you saw, both in Hayley’s performance in First Avenger and then once again in Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson’s performance as Black Widow, that they certainly know how to empower women. And make sure that when the are standing next to whatever hero they are, they are not a sidekick.”
“At the end of the day, what we came up with was kind of a terrific idea and something that ABC got whole-heartedly behind. At Marvel’s Inc S.H.I.E.L.D, the loudest thing that we were hearing from our audience was, ‘You have too many repeats. We want to see a new show every single week.’ But in order for us to make that many episodes we would be working 24 hours a day 600 days out of the year. At the end of the day literally just making 22 of these is a gigantic effort, as you can imagine.”
Really interesting stuff. It was really a good time and great to be a part of. Maybe it’s time to just share some great clips and get you even more hooked:
“Go Behind The Scenes Of Agent Carter” video:
To find out more about Marvel’s Agent Carter, visit:
- twitter.com/AgentCarterTV (#AgentCarter)
Remember: “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” will debut with a two-hour premiere TODAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET)!!
I attended this event on behalf of Disney/ABC/Marvel and all expenses were covered. I was not compensated for this work. Any opinions are 100% my own.