We bowed out of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. some time around the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World, so when the buzz about Agent Carter started it barely registered. When we finally caught a glimpse of the previews, we wondered why we hadn’t paid more attention. Tonight the premiere for another mid-season experiment has us excited.
Years before Agent Phil Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts.
But no one should ever underestimate Peggy.
It’s 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy 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 finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field — putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers — aka Captain America.
Series star Haley Atwell talked a little bit about her character in this action oriented behind the scenes preview:
When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name.
The first sneak peek offers little more detail, but does give a sense of the on screen dynamics between Atwell and Cooper and provides an enticing glimpse of the comedy sidekick, Jarvis.
If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison — or worse. And as she delves deeper into her investigation, she may find that those she works for are not who they seem, and she might even begin to question whether Stark is as innocent as he claims.
Agent Carter looks like someone extracted the DNA of the old Wonder Woman television show and transcribed it into the Marvel universe. And that’s a good thing. An American rather than an Amazon with relatable challenges. But, you know, a super spy.
The best thing we neither knew nor expected was the inclusion of Enver Gjokaj as agent Daniel Sousa, a wounded vet with a sharp intellect. We loved him in Dollhouse; the conversation may have involved one of us saying Victor was on the show and the other cheering.
The full sized trailer of the upcoming Ant-Man will premiere during the episode. Check out the ant sized version: