Agent Carter producer on Madame Masque, female heroes and going Hollywood

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Aug 9, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT (Updated)

The ratings may not have been stellar, but Marvel’s Agent Carter proved a creative hit at ABC and earned a second season. Judging by what the producers had to say at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour, it sounds like a good show is getting even better.

Agent Carter executive producer Tara Butters chatted with /Film about the upcoming second season, which will be set in L.A. and feature a 1940s version of Madame Masque as the new Big Bad. We’ve already heard most of the cast will be making the creative shift from New York to the West Coast, and Butters opened up about what fans can expect from the Hollywood setting:

“It was something we had talked about in the middle of the first season, just because there are so many fun stories we thought we could tell. But then actually as the season progressed, we realized that not only was it a good idea for the storytelling, but also the idea that for the physical shooting, it’s much easier for us to shoot L.A. for L.A. than try to shoot L.A. for New York. So it served two purposes.”

We’re obviously psyched to see Hayley Atwell kicking butt and taking names in Hollywood, but one of the biggest changes will be a legit Marvel supervillain pulling the evil strings. Madame Masque is a major get for the series, and is the type of character you could have legitimately imagined popping up on the big screen at some point. 

They’ve already cast Masque, but can’t announce the actress (yet). Here’s what Butters teased about their version of the femme fatale and criminal mastermind:

“I think we’ve changed the look of her a bit obviously. We’ve made her an actress, which is very Hedy Lamar. She was a ‘40s siren actress who was also a scientific genius, so that’s part of what we’re mining with this character. For me it is, because I feel like that is something that… as much as there are not enough female heroes just on television, I feel like having a female villain is just as equally powerful.”

Last but not least, Butters touched on just how much the TV landscape has changed in just one season. Last year, Agent Carter had the female comic hero market pretty much cornered. Now? Supergirl will be on CBS this fall, while Marvel’s own Jessica Jones hits Netflix later this year. Not surprisingly, Butters said she’s excited for the company, and believes there’s more than enough room for everyone:

"I don’t know that we paved the way but I definitely think that I like the fact that there are more of us out there. I love the fact that they’re doing Supergirl and I love that they’re doing Jessica Jones. I think the fact is if there are more of these types of shows, more people will get used to them and start watching them."

The second season of Agent Carter is tentatively set to debut in 2016.

(Via /Film)