By Jillian Zaleski
To kick off the new year, ABC is proud to announce a new installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel’s Agent Carter. Marvel’s Agent Carter premiered on January 6, 2015 with not one, but two episodes, back to back for an epic two hour kick off.
Marvel’s Agent Carter focuses on the beautiful and British Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), living in 1946 New York and continuing her occupation on the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). However, since the end of the war, Carter is viewed less than an equal compared to her male workmates then she was during it. Carter, who’s life consists of answering phones and listening to horribly inaccurate Captain America radio tales, is pulled from her mundane life by the unexpected visit of her old acquaintance Howard Stark. Unfortunately, Stark has been the victim of a false accusation of selling his weapons and inventions to America’s enemies, and he now needs Carter to clear his name. While Stark flees to an unknown location and goes “underground”, Carter and Edwin Jarvis (Stark’s personal friend and butler) work to discover who’s really behind this. As Carter dives deeper into danger, she finds herself not only sabotaging her fellow agents but bonding with new friends, including Agent David Sousa, a veteran from the war who requires a crutch to walk but is unaware, like everyone else, about Carter’s intentions.
Carter proves herself time and time again to be more than what is initially expected from her. Atwell further explores her role as Carter, unravelling the mystery of who Carter moved on to and how she founded the organization we recognize as S.H.I.E.L.D. When Matt Atchity of Rotten Tomatoes interviews Atwell about the new show, he makes this comment, “I didn’t know what I expected, but I was surprised to see that Peggy’s story really does parallel that of a lot of working women’s post-war experience.”
In which Atwell responds with, “Yeah. You know, she’s been demoted after the war. She’s back making lunch orders, making coffee, finding reports, and she has to struggle without the great backdrop of more tension. And we’ll see how that develops over time, too.” And then later comments in regards to the relation between the events of episode one and Carter’s character, “And I think grief is something that fuels her. It also means that she can’t get close to people because she’s scared that she’s going to put them in danger and that’s a beautiful kind of character trait, I think.” (rottentomatoes.com
Marvel’s Agent Carter is on every Tuesday night from nine o’clock to ten (eastern time), filling up the open slot while Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on their winter hiatus unless a notification is listed saying otherwise for the trailer of next weeks episode.