Rumor of the Day: That Agent Carter TV series has signed its star

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Jan 2, 2014, 6:10 PM EST (Updated)

If this rumor is to be believed, not only is that Agent Carter show definitely happening, but Marvel's already signed the lady herself.

We first heard about the possibility of an Agent Carter show from Marvel back in September, when the buzz around the company's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series was still very hot. Reports back then claimed that Marvel was inspired by the "Agent Carter" one-shot short film on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray to tell more stories about Agent Carter, though at the time we didn't know for sure if it would be Peggy or Sharon Carter. Captain America co-star and Peggy Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, then got publicly enthusiastic about the idea, saying she'd love to keep working on the character with Marvel. Well, it looks like she could get her wish.

Now, it's worth mentioning that this report is coming from the U.K. tabloid the Mirror, so we'll have to take it with several heavy pinches of salt, but that publication is claiming that Atwell has just signed on to star in an Agent Carter TV series for Marvel, which would air sometime late this year.

“It’s Marvel’s major project of 2014, and it will be a big budget production," the Mirror's source said. 

At this point, it's hard to tell just how much of a chance this has of being true. For one thing, Marvel's already got a pretty massive TV deal going over at Netflix, where they'll be launching four new solo hero miniseries beginning in 2015, followed by a team-up miniseries in The Defenders. That's a lot of money spent right there on TV that won't be hitting our screens for a while. It's also worth remembering that, though it's far from doomed, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn't been able to retain the huge audience it brought in with its series premiere a few months ago, so Marvel could be forgiven for being wary of jumping into another broadcast series this soon. 

But let's set all that aside for a minute and just ponder how awesome this would be if it were real: an ass-kicking, sexy spy series set (possibly) during the Cold War, starring Atwell and (possibly) a host of old Marvel espoinage favorites. How about those Howling Commandos? Could they make a return appearance? Dum Dum Dugan was in the "Agent Carter" one-shot, after all. 

Of course, this could all end up being nothing more than Internet whispers, but given how ambitious Marvel's gotten with both its big- and small-screen endeavors in the past couple of years, it seems anything is possible. 

(Via The Mirror)

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