Marvel’s cinematic universe just got a little bigger with the news that the Captain America: The First Avenger spin-off series Agent Carter received a season order from ABC, and will join the recently renewed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in extending the television element of the franchise.
Hayley Atwell will reprise her Captain America role as Peggy Carter in the upcoming series, which will be based on the “Marvel One-Shot” short film of the same name that was included in the special features of the Iron Man 3 DVD and Blu-Ray.
In the official announcement of the series, ABC described the premise of Agent Carter as follows:
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.
The new series will likely have an easier time fitting into Marvel’s cinematic universe than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., renewed for a second season despite questions regarding its future given the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which threw the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. organization into disarray.With Agent Carter set in the mid-’40s (just a year after The First Avenger), Marvel shouldn’t have too much trouble playing in the series’ period-piece sandbox, and Peggy Carter’s role in creating S.H.I.E.L.D. is likely to factor into the over-arching narrative. The series should also provide ample opportunity for cameos from the cast of The First Avenger — particularly for characters like Howard Stark, who was portrayed by Dominic Cooper in the 2011 film.
There’s no current date set for the premiere of Agent Carter or the second season Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.