If you (like me) were holding out hope that Agent Carter would find a new home on Netflix after being abruptly canceled by ABC a few months back, then this will be crushing news.
A change.org petition asking Netflix to pick up Agent Carter was launched as soon as ABC announced it had axed the Marvel show, garnering nearly 128,000 signatures to this day.
Entertainment Weekly caught up with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos during the Television Critics Association summer tour yesterday to ask if Agent Carter would find a new home alongside other Marvel properties Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders. Let’s just say, his answer was not the one most of us wanted to hear.
So, why didn't they pick it up? Here’s what Ted Serandos said:
“We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why.”
There was also another major hurdle the streaming giant seemingly couldn’t get around. See, Netflix tries to own and distribute their titles worldwide, and they simultanously release a show’s new season globally. Apparently, the structure of Marvel’s deals for Agent Carter made it very difficult for them to do so:
“They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue it’s covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”
There you have it. Looks like it’s truly the end of the line for Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy), Daniel Sousa (Enver Djokaj) and the rest of the S.S.R. team. Someone obviously didn’t know Agent Carter’s value as Peggy knew hers.
Was it perfect? No. But it was entertaining as hell and featured a strong female character (or two, or three), amazing production values, a great story and a fantastic cast and crew. Now we may never get to see the creation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Sure, they can still use another medium to finish Peggy's story (aka a comic book), but it won't be the same. And that's a shame.