Still getting over the emptiness that is Tuesday nights with Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD? That knowing that we’re still three agonizing weeks away from the series premiere of Agent Carter? Us. Too.
Hayley Atwell’s highly anticipated return as Peggy Carter is a Marvel fan’s dream come true, but let’s keep in mind that things don’t always happen the way we want them to. There’s a lot riding on this female-driven action series, and we have a few suggestions on how Agent Carter can live up to fan expectations.
Peggy as an unquestioned leader: In the Agent Carter Marvel one-shot we see Peggy struggling to deal with the sexist co-workers who belittle her. Happily, it ends with Peggy being promoted to help head up SHIELD and leave Agent Flynn and the rest in the dust. We’re hoping that was the last we see of men underestimating Peggy. She’s proven herself to be a top agent who is more than capable of doing any mission a man can do. Plus, how refreshing would it be to see a woman working in a “man’s role” and to present it with no comment? We already know she’s there for a reason–there is absolutely no need for Peggy to defend her right to be at SHIELD any longer.
Plenty of action sequences: One of the most intense scenes from Captain America: The First Avenger was the moment when Peggy shot point blank at a car headed straight for her. It showed her incredible fearlessness and solidified her as a Marvel hero in her own right. We want to see Peggy out in the field, fighting hard, not afraid to get her hands dirty. There’s a reason Simmons considers Agent Carter a legend and we can’t wait for this show to demonstrate why that is.
More kick-ass ladies: There haven’t been many women mentioned in casting news for the series, but one shining light is Nikita‘s Lyndsy Fonseca, who plays aspiring actress Angie Martinelli. If Agent Carter really wants to impress us, we’d love to see more than one woman kick butt in this series. After all, Natasha Romanoff, Maria Hill and Melinda May are some of the best SHIELD agents around. We can only hope that Peggy Carter wasn’t their only inspiration when they joined the team.
Insight into how Hydra infiltrated SHIELD: We had a glimpse into how the covert Hydra takeover went down in the Agents of SHIELD episode “The Things We Bury” when Alexander Pierce helped Whitehall leave prison and continue his, um, work. The implication was that Hydra snuck in when Peggy stepped down, but I’m curious if there’s more to the story. Since SHIELD and Hydra are two sides of the same coin, a series about the origins of SHIELD has to include some clues as to how Hydra managed to infiltrate the organization from the beginning.
No love interests: Nothing bogs down a series more than a useless love story – or worse, love triangle. I fully admit that when done right, love stories are some of the strongest aspects of a series, but that is a rarity. The last thing we need in Agent Carter is a parade of love interests for Peggy. Yes, she does eventually get married and have children, but that is not what this series should focus on. Anyway, let’s face it, we’re still not over her tearful farewell with Steve.
Do you agree or did we miss something important? Share your thoughts in the comments below and let us know what you’re most excited about the premiere of Agent Carter.
Agent Carter premieres Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC and CTV.
Associate Editor Kelly Townsend always had strong opinions on TV growing up, so it was only natural to evolve from couch musings to online journalism. She can't ever choose a favorite series, so please don't ask. Her writing has also appeared on IndieWire and Tribute.ca. You can find her on Twitter at @kellybtownsend.