After the long is over, I am really, really pleased by this bit of information this past week. As I’ve mentioned in my Captain America review podcast, I was hoping that Agent Carter would get picked up as a series as this serves two points. First, Agents of Shield has been a complete let down and out right disappointment. Those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who made their appearance on the show were brought on to get us fans to watch the show but honestly, there was very little for them to do and frankly, not worth my time. I don’t know why they were shy from using “power” people as in the first episode with Extremis. DC’s Arrow has introduced several “power” figures and have worked them into the storyline and still made it grounded enough to work on the small screen. Shield has not solved that problem. My hope is that Agent Carter can help the Shield series by exploring the roots of Shield and thus becoming the driving force to create more interesting storylines. If Shield does not want to deal with “powers” then the agency needs to be more dynamic and compelling. Sadly, none of this exists in the first season.
Secondly and even greater point, Agent Carter shows us a female lead in the Marvel Universe. Yes, there are a lot of female superheroes both in Marvel and DC but to date there is no female superhero on the big screen. The only female superhero was Wonder Woman. (And no, I am not counting Electric Woman and Dyna Girl.) This makes me wonder why is creating a female superhero movie so damn difficult? Still, I have to give credit to Marvel/Disney for this push to create a non powered hero and to be the one at foundation of Shield. This too me speaks volumes as this would be not only a positive role model for women but shows a woman in command.
I can not wait for this show and if all goes well, after this series run of 13 episodes is complete and gets picked up for another year, then and only then, will I consider watching Agents of Shield.
Now that ABC have officially announced that their Agent Carter show is a go, they can let this bit of Photoshop fun out of the labs. What’s more, here’s the plot blurb:
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