It's always nice when major casting announcements come not through dry studio press releases, but via massively indiscreet leaks from major stars.
Cue Agent Carter's Hayley Atwell, speaking to The Telegraph about her Captain America co-star Dominic Cooper:
“He’s incredibly naughty...So I’m going to start the pranks as early as I can. He will come up with some very good ones, too.”
Which, seeing as Cooper still hasn't officially been confirmed to appear in Agent Carter, is...pretty big news, actually. It's not a huge surprise, in that his presence was completely set up at the end of the Agent Carter Marvel One-Shot, but it's still great to hear that Marvel aren't going to to skimp out on the casting budget on what could well be a make-or-break series for their network television plans.
It got us thinking though about who else we're likely to see. Let's take a look at the three leading contenders:
1. Dum Dum Dugan and the Howling Commandos
This one's a no-brainer. The Howling Commandos have already been introduced (see the large, ethnically diverse men above) in Captain America, and Dum Dum Dugan at least was pretty much confirmed by Agent Carter's Marvel One-Shot as being a charter member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Considering the commandos were the cornerstones of the original comic book S.H.I.E.L.D., and are some of the few recognizable faces from the Marvel Cinematic Universe with affordable salary demands, they're a highly likely source of either supporting characters or guest appearances for the the fledgling Agent Carter.
Also, Neal McDonough is awesome:
Honestly, why would you not want that man in your TV series?
2. Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
This one ties in closely with the Howling Commandos - who originated as Nick Fury's World War 2 comrades in the comics. You can even spot Dum Dum Dugan behind Nick's right thigh, there. And, what with Nick Fury being the quintessential 'Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and all, he'd be a pretty darned logical addition to the team.
What's more, in a world where Samuel L. Jackson seems likely to appear less and less frequently in the MCU, the idea of introducing a young Nick Fury would certainly appeal from a marketing angle. The only real problem is the potential conflict with his S.H.I.E.L.D. origin story, as recently described in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But then again, that's what ret-cons were made for for, right? It's not as though Marvel were already developing a Nick Fury One Shot around the time Agent Carter's came out, and then shelved it for unknown reasons...at the exact sort of time that the Agent Carter series was being developed. No, wait, they totally were.
3. Captain America (But Not the One You Think)
This is the big one - and the chance for the series to directly feed into the MCU in a way that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. can currently only dream of. Cue Christopher Markus, half of the Captain America series' go-to writing duo:
“We’ve definitely set out on a more realistic road in the Cap movies, you know. Even more grounded than in the other MCU movies. And so it kind of rules out Cap fighting the Dinosaur Man or something like that. There are some that aren’t gonna start and other ones that — I mean there’s a couple we’re playing with right now that we really want to take elements from. Which we’ll not reveal… All I’m saying is psychotic 1950s Cap.”
By which he is very un-subtly hinting at one man - and it's not Chris Evans' Steve Rogers. Instead, it's his temporary 1950's replacement - William Burnside.
Burnside was the 1950s version of Cap, a young fan-boy who found himself in possession of a variant of the original Super-Soldier serum, and ended up briefly fighting crime as a new Captain America. Eventually, though, the serum turned out to have some...unusual side effects - including psychosis. This led to Burnside, along a new Bucky, being frozen in suspended animation.
Which, of course, didn't last, and they eventually came back to fight...Captain America and the Falcon.
If, as Markus suggests, this is set to be part of the plot of Captain America: The Winter Soldier - and it's themes of the cold-war, conspiracy theories and government secrets would fit well with how the sequel is expected to go - then Agent Carter could even get the job of setting it up a way in advance...
Just imagine Peggy Carter having to hunt down...Captain America. There's your season finale right there.
[Marvel's Agent Carter](series:1119765) is set to debut in January 2015, during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s mid-season break.
What do you guys think? Who do you most want to see in Agent Carter?
via A.V. Club