Marvel has announced one more cast member for the upcoming show "Agent Carter", tracking the career of agent Peggy Carter in the 40's. The show picks up where Captain America: The First Avenger leaves off, and promises to be an interesting addition to the superhero genre for a few reasons, not least of which is that it is very female-focused.
The newest addition to the cast is Lyndsy Fonseca, who you may know from other comic-book/superhero-esque roles in the Kick Ass franchise and Nikita. (She was also the "daughter" in How I Met Your Mother, if it's driving you nuts where ELSE you know her from. Not that that was bugging me. At all.)
You would be forgiven for thinking that with that kind of background, Fonseca would be playing a fellow agent, joining in on all the kick-assery and secret missions, but you would be wrong. Instead, she will be taking on the role of Angie Martinelli, an aspiring actress/singer who befriends Peggy in post-war New York.
It's an interesting character, and I'm really thrilled to see that the show will cover more than just "secret agent stuff". If you want pure spy-action, may I direct you to Marvel's other Avengers spin-off; Agents of SHIELD. Instead, characters like Angie make me think that we will get more of a window into post-war America, and the struggles of the women who found new power during the war, only to have it snatched away again with the soldiers' return.
I can't wait to see how big of a role Fonseca will have in the show; whether she will be a purely supporting "friend" of Peggy's that anchors her in the real world, or if she may be more than that. I would be especially interested to see the two of them bond over choosing jobs that "nice girls" weren't supposed to have. The stage was not a particularly savory profession at the time (and many on it were presumed to be "loose women", amongst other things), and while Peggy may not be dealing with quite that kind of judgement, she will definitely be fighting against prejudice and sexism as a female agent in the 40s.
The more I hear of the casting and storyline for Agent Carter, the more excited I am about the show, and this is no exception.
Agent Carter comes to TV January, 2015.