I truly believe Marvel’s Agent Carter is going to be an awesome show. How could it not be? You’ve got Marvel/Disney backing it, Kevin Feige, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee, and Jeph Loeb are some of its producers, and you’ve got Hayley Atwell reprising her role as the beautiful and ball-busting Peggy Carter. Her small role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier got me excited to see more of one of the breakout characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU) and her story after World War II. With the late 1940s setting and all of the themes that go with it, I’m guessing the show will be like Mad Men but with more guns. There are only supposed to be eight episodes, but there are a few characters I hope to see to not only connect the show to the MCU, but to make those eight episodes really stand out.
WARNING! SPOILERS FROM PAST AND PRESENT MARVEL FILMS WILL BE TALKED ABOUT!
In The Winter Soldier, we learned that Arnim Zola was recruited into the newly formed S.H.I.E.L.D. after World War II and eventually had his mind uploaded into machines, making him more like his comic book counterpart. But what happened in those early days of working for the enemy? We know that HYDRA slowly but surely seeped its way into S.H.I.E.L.D., but what was his role in that undertaking? An episode or two showing him at work could provide little hints as to how HYDRA and their allies continued to terrorize the world even after its assumed disbanding. And speaking of HYDRA allies…
Baron Zemo is a scientific genius with a hatred of Captain America that rivaled even the Red Skull. Though he was pretty much left out in Captain America: The First Avenger, his castle was the setting for Captain America: Super Soldier, a video game that showed Cap’s exploits destroying HYDRA weapon factories. Zemo is one my personal favorite villains at Marvel Comics and I’d love to see him cause trouble for S.H.I.E.L.D. now that Red Skull was ‘eaten’ by the Tesseract. His look would be interesting to see on television and it would be a good image boost for Peggy to take down one of Cap’s enemies herself.
THE HOWLING COMMANDOS
No matter the era, heroes are always needed. For Marvel, the Howling Commandos (or Invaders depending on your source material) were the heroes of World War II. Led by Captain America, this ragtag group of POWs were essential in helping the Sentinel of Liberty take down HYDRA’s weapon factories. Though it would extremely difficult to get them all together, I’d love to see them team up with Peggy in an episode or two. This would aslo provide an opportunity to show post-war experience of veterans from that era, something rarely seen on TV. But honestly, just being able to see them getting together to celebrate the anniversary of Cap and Bucky’s ‘death’ would be one of the best moments in the show.
One of the most interesting facets about Peggy Carter is that she’s British. Brits get a bad reputation in American entertainment, usually portraying a villain (Loki), a hapless goof (The Mandarin) or some other nonsense. Agent Carter could serve as a chance to change that. And where better to start than with Union Jack, who is basically England’s version of Captain America. Even if he wouldn’t be James Falsworth like in the comics, having him appear would make an awesome team-up episode since Union Jack has usually been more of an espionage agent than superhero. His appearance could serve as a foreshadowing of how other countries have been trying to make their own super soldier, similar to how other countries were trying to make copies of Tony Stark’s armor in Iron Man 2.
This show wouldn’t be complete without seeing Captain America at least once. I know a lot of you are saying that there’s no way he’ll make an appearance on the show. That’s what I thought of all the major actors from the Marvel films. But luckily, Samuel L. Jackson was cool enough to make a few cameos on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so why couldn’t Chris Evans? He did it in Thor: The Dark World after all. It would be a high point of the series if Cap was shown in a flashback or two, particularly if it tells the story of how he saved the man Peggy will eventually marry, like she mentioned in Winter Soldier. Let’s face it, wouldn’t YOU rather spend time with Peggy Carter than fighting Ultron?
Are there any characters and/or references that you want to see in Agent Carter? Drop a comment below!