Can we expect more Marvel on TV next fall?
Yes, we can! ABC announced late Thursday that it's renewed the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first small-screen venture, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., for a second season, setting up another year of adventures for Agent Phil Coulson and his team. The future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was uncertain for a while, as the show's initial ratings took a sharp drop and the show took a bit of critical beating, but recent episodes have generated renewed interest, and the ratings were good enough to keep it around.
But that's not the most exciting news on the Marvel TV front, because ABC also announced that Agent Carter, the period spy drama starring Captain America's Hayley Atwell as the title character, has been given a series order. The show generated plenty of fan interest when its development was announced, and since we can't expect the Jessica Jones Netflix series until at least 2015, it seems set to be the first Marvel Studios property with a woman in the lead role. That's a big step.
Here's the official synopsis of the series released by ABC:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. 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. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. Executive producers are Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb.
So the 2014-2015 broadcast TV season will bring two Marvel Studios series to the small screen, including a brand-new spy drama that quite a few fans have been clamoring for.
What do you think? Are you excited for Agent Carter?