The Age of Ultron trailer wasn’t the only thing ABC had in store for viewers of Agents of SHIELD last night as the network premiered the first spot for Agent Carter. If you’ve been following Hayley Atwell on Twitter, it’s easy to see how excited and how much fun she’s been having on set for the show (and just how many people and things she’s hit).
Atwell has every reason to be excited. Even with a 15-second teaser trailer, Agent Carter looks to continue blending WWII spy antics with the larger MCU, post Captain America: First Avenger universe that we saw in the Marvel One-Shot. Here’s the trailer:
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The “sometimes the best man for the job is a woman” tagline is rather tone deaf, especially considering how much of Peggy’s characterization has shown her to be a strong feminist. We’ve also got the official description for the show, which is being called an ‘eight part television event,’ below:
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.
When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”) 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. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for releasing these weapons of mass destruction. But Jarvis, who is a creature of habit and sticks to a rigid daily routine, is going to have to make some major life changes if he’s going to be able to keep up with Peggy.
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.
I have a lot of confidence in the creative team behind the show, mostly because so many of the members that have made the Captain America movies great are directly involved in the show – Cap 1 and 2 screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are executive producing the show, Joe Johnston and the Russo brothers will direct some episodes as well. I’m curious to see if this next television project will benefit from having so many of the pieces that have made previous Captain America projects so good.
Agent Carter will air on ABC starting Tuesdays in 2015. Will you be watching?