Friday, May 9, 2014

ABC Renews Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Orders Agent Carter to Series

Despite the steady increase in the quality of its episodes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s future remained in limbo until yesterday when word came down that it would be picked up for another go and given a companion show on ABC as well.

As Season One of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to a close, ABC has finally given the green light to a second season of the show. Next week's season finale, as well as the future slate of Marvel films, should give us a nice framework for where the show will be headed, but it's a relief to fans of the show that it will be given a chance to finish its intended run.

ABC also ordered a new series, Agent Carter, to series as well. The series, based on the Marvel One-Shot of the same title, will follow Peggy Carter as she begins working for the SSR, the earliest version of S.H.I.E.L.D. The screenwriters for the show, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley, are the same duo behind the Captain America franchise and have an excellent handle on the Peggy Carter character. Word is that ABC liked their pilot script so much and had so much confidence in the character after the very positive reaction to the Agent Carter One-Shot, that they felt confident in ordering a full series without shooting and testing a pilot.

While more information is expected to be made soon when ABC officially reveals it's 2014-15 lineup, Markus and McFeeley have said that they believe Agent Carter would work best in small doses and planned to have each season be comprised of about 13 episodes which would be equivalent to roughly one year of MCU time. It was recently rumored that the series might serve as a bridge between the two halves of Season 2 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which would be an excellent idea and give fans their Marvel fix while they wait.

It's been said here before, but the Agent Carter series is a WONDERFUL idea. It opens the door to so many great Golden Age characters, such as the Invaders and the Howling Commandos, and can fill in a lot of the gaps in that exist in the MCU between the end of Captain America: The First Avenger and the beginning of the modern age films. Markus and McFeeley have expressed a hope that Dominic Cooper would return in a recurring role as Howard Stark and I'm certain they'd like to have Neil McDonough's Dum-Dum Dugan back as well. It also opens a doorway for more of Sebastian Stan's Bucky/Winter Soldier history to be told and maybe even a bit more on how Arnim Zola ended up in a computer.

Have a look at the official synopsis below and let me know your thoughts on this new series being added to the mix. Marvel is certainly hitting on all cylinders right now with two prime-time series in addition to the Netflix series in production and their ever-expanding film slate!

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.