We always knew ABC’s Agent Carter was set in the wider world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but we didn’t expect many straight-up connections to The Avengers. Surprise, surprise.
As viewers of the latest episode, “The Blitzkrieg Button,” may or may not have noticed, the surprise Russian sleeper agent Dottie (Bridget Regan) busted out some familiar moves to take on an unsuspecting gunman. For anyone who has seen The Avengers, her wall-hopping flip move might’ve looked a little bit familiar.
Yep, you’re not crazy — producer Michele Fazekas confirms Dottie is “a product of the Black Widow Program.” You know, the same program that spawned eventual Avenger Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. Though the connection is confirmed, fellow producer Tara Butters noted they’re “not actually calling her as Black Widow.” But she’s definitely an early Black Widow agent.
In fact, the next episode up will dig a bit deeper into these sleeper agents. That’s not a huge shocker, especially considering that the episode is titled “The Iron Curtain.” The creative team said the idea arose out of the need to create a female foil for Peggy, and that’s when they had the lightbulb idea to introduce an early Black Widow agent. They just had to strike a balance to not step on the toes of the MCU. Butters explained to IGN:
“Basically we had a mini-boot camp and it was Markus, McFeely, Michele and I and Chris [Dingess], and as we were breaking out the season, we realized we needed a foil for Peggy that was a female foil and that’s kind of how we came up with Dottie. As we started to create her we realized there was this interesting connection we could be making … Basically Dottie is the product of a Russian spy program which could end up being the Black Widow program.
I think the fun thing about our period of time in the MCU is we have the ability to help draw connections without actually interfering or stepping on anything that’s going on currently. But it really is actually kind of fun to make the world smaller. You know, the idea that Peggy could be having this interaction with Dottie and that same Russian, spy program could end up turning into the Black Widow program, which, obviously, the current characters are dealing with today. That’s been a really fun challenge, to connect the world without stepping on the world.”
This is a fascinating angle for the series to take, and it has us genuinely excited to see how the Black Widow program fits into the larger make up of the season.
What’s your take on the Black Widow twist?