Aside from the fact that it’s in development, we haven’t heard much about Marvel’s Agent Carter series — but now we finally have some new details. For example, here’s who’ll be calling the shots behind the scenes.
The Wrap is reporting Tara Butters (Reaper, Dollhouse) and Michele Fazekas (Resurrection) have signed on to executive produce the new series, which has reportedly locked up Captain America star Hayley Atwell to reprise her role as Peggy Carter. The stellar 2013 one-shot short Agent Carter gave fans a glimpse of how the series could work, and it was a hell of a lot of fun.
The script for the pilot has also been turned in, and it was written by none other than Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, so it should definitely have the right vibe. Sadly, the new producing duo didn’t offer up any details about their approach, with Fazekas joking: “You know Marvel. I think they send Captain America after you. But we’re involved in it.”
No word yet on who might be co-starring, though fellow Captain America: First Avenger alum Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) recently told Collider he’d been chatting with Atwell about the project. The company didn’t lock him into a long-term contract at the time, but Cooper said he’d love to return if the elder Stark is a part of the sci-fi spy period piece. Which, judging by the Agent Carter short, is pretty likely.
Here’’s an excerpt from that interview:
“Yeah, I saw Hayley Atwell recently and she mentioned the whole idea of the Carter thing since the short. So yeah, any way that Stark could make a comeback I’d be well up for it, because he’s a really fun character to play and he’s so influential in the backbone of what they become. So I love being part of it and they’re an incredible group of people to be working with. They’re making some extraordinary stuff … So I’d be well up for doing anything like that.”
The first Captain America was easily one of the most fun Marvel movies to date, and the period setting had a lot to do with that. As the recent Agent Carter short showed, there are still a lot of cool stories left to mine from the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D., when the agency is still getting off the ground. Plus, it might actually have what big brother Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been sorely missing — that rag-tag feel that makes the battle against evil so much darn fun and entertaining.
With the series seemingly coming together on the back end, it also begs the question of where it might land. An ABC exec told the crowds at the ongoing TCA press tour the series "certainly has a good chance to be on the network," and corporate synergy led flagship series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to ABC. But, that massive Netflix deal shows Marvel is not afraid to mix things up. So, that’ll be an interesting storyline to follow.
Are you glad to hear this series is inching closer to a pilot order?