During my trip to Los Angeles in November 2014 I had the opportunity to attend a press event for Agent Carter. After attending the presentation I can tell you that it’s time to get hooked on this show and here’s why.
At the press event our blogger group interviewed Co-President of Marvel Studios Louis D’Esposito and Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb. Both gentlemen are also Executive Producers on Agent Carter and they discussed how they brought the Agent Carter series on the ABC Television Network.
Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb explained that Marvel produced a series of short films that appeared on select Marvel DVD’s. The first film was about the day in the life of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent staring Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson. These short films are meant to be self contained stories and a way to give the fans original content at home.
One of these short films stared Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. In the film she deals with the reality of her life a year after the events in Captain America: The First Avenger. The Agent Carter film was made available on the Iron Man 3 DVD. It is SO GOOD, you need to see it.
Co-President of Marvel Studios Louis D’Esposito showed the film to Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, and Mr. Iger felt that Agent Carter would be great as a TV series so that Marvel fans can see her story continue.
Bringing Agent Carter to TV
The show Agent Carter needed a talented team of several people to bring it to life. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) have written the most scenes involving Peggy Carter. They are great at mixing humor and action but also writing roles that empower women. This duo was brought in to write the pilot script.
Jeph Loeb knew he wanted to have showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas both of “Resurrection” fame on the Agent Carter project. He said they know how to make good TV and create shows that are interesting.
The last piece of the puzzle was getting Hayley Atwell to agree to the project. She flew to Los Angels from London to read the script. She absolutely loved it and was on board for the project.
According to Jeph Loeb Marvel didn’t want to put Agent Carter in the “pilot” pile and have it go through that normal TV cycle. Instead Marvel pitched the idea of putting Agent Carter in the time slot of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in January instead of running repeats of the show. ABC TV really liked the idea because they heard their fans complain that they were tired of repeats. Agent Carter will run for 8 episodes and then Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to the 9 pm time slot.
Who is Agent Carter?
She doesn’t have any super powers, she is a normal human. Peggy does have spy training and her skills are great. One thing to remember is that she’s not a sidekick, she’s THE hero.
It’s 1946 in New York, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter (Hayley Attwell) a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad.
Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), which Marvel fans know is the predecessor to S.H.I.E.L.D. Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark.
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), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. 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.
Disney invited me to Los Angeles to attend a media event for Agent Carter. All expenses have been paid by Disney, but all opinions are always 100% my own.