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Marvel’s Agent Peggy Carter to headline her own TV series
Hayley Atwell will reprise her popular Captain America character.
Peggy Carter, the British Intelligence agent from the Captain America movies, is getting her very own TV series.
Marvel tested the waters a few months ago by releasing a short film about Agent Carter on the DVD for Iron Man 3, a one-shot story that took place a year after Captain America: The First Avenger. The fan response was enthusiastic enough that rumors of a TV series have been circling ever since, inspired by the success of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD.
It seems that DVD one-shots are Marvel’s new way of gauging audience support, as Agents of SHIELD was partly spurred on by Marvel fandom’s surprising interest in various straight-to-DVD shorts that had no superhero content at all.
According to the Mirror, the Agent Carter TV series is aiming for an airdate near the end of 2014, with British actress Hayley Atwell looking forward to reprising her role. After the announcement of four new Marvel superhero Netflix shows back in November, this will bring Marvel’s total of female-led TV or movie franchises up to two. (That’s two more than DC Comics, for those who are keeping track.)
After the release of the Peggy Carter short film last year, Hayley Atwell was very clear about her opinion of female characters in superhero movies, asking,
“Where are the women? Where are the women who are leading and not just the hot sex symbol in the tight outfits, or the aggressive ones with their sexy action sequences? Where are the ones that are battling with their own identity like Iron Man is? Or trying to make a difference in the forefront?”
Needless to say, Agent Peggy Carter is far more than just Captain America’s love interest.
The new series is likely to take place soon after the end of the first Captain America movie, meaning that this is not only a female-led Marvel series about a character without any superpowers, but it’s a historical drama as well. If the Agent Carter one-shot is anything to go by, it’ll be an action-packed spy thriller with a side order of snazzy 1940s outfits and smashing the patriarchy. We’re psyched already.
Screengrab via fuckyeahfemalecharacters/Tumblr
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor