If you're all caught up with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you no doubt spotted Peggy Carter nabbing some tech from the Nazis, and interrogating Mr. Whitehall, in flashback scenes. Marvel and ABC were planting breadcrumbs in those episodes to lead you into the series premiere of Marvel's Agent Carter on January 6 at 8 p.m.
Marvel’s Agent Carter stars gorgeous and talented Hayley Atwell, who we first saw as Peggy in Captain America: The First Avenger. Atwell also starred in one of Marvel's one-shots, which gave us a clue that something more was brewing at Marvel for Atwell. We also saw Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, albeit underneath the wrinkles of a different woman, thanks to the miracle of computer-generated effects.
Here's what the 8-episode series will be about.
In the "Pilot," episode, which kicks off the limited-run series, when old acquaintance Howard Stark finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash, he contacts Peggy Carter-- the only person he can trust -- to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name. He empowers his butler, Edwin Jarvis (aha!), to be at her beck and call when needed to help assist her as she investigates and tracks down those responsible for selling these weapons of mass destruction. If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison – or worse.
Howard Stark is played by the same actor who played him in Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Dominic Cooper.
In the second episode, "Bridge and Tunnel," which will air right after the premiere episode, Peggy is on a secret mission (natch) to retrieve those deadly weapons from the bad guys. She runs afoul of SSR Chief Dooley and Agent Thompson, who are close to blowing her cover.
The third episode, "Time and Tide," will air at 9 p.m. on January 13. Agent Carter closes in on Howard Stark’s stolen technology, but Peggy’s secret mission could unravel when the SSR arrests Jarvis and a secret is revealed. What secret? I'm guessing either her identity or something really, really bad about those darn Stark weapons.
Marvel's Agent Carter also stars Kyle Bornheimer as Ray Krzeminski. Bornheimer became one of my favorite actors after his brilliant turn on the canceled-too-soon comedy Worst Week. James Urbaniak, who plays Dr. Venture in The Venture Bros., has a short stint as Miles Van Ert. I was hoping that more of the Howling Commandos would be featured, but from looking at IMDB, that's not going to happen.
Here's the full synopsis from ABC:
It's 1946 and peace has dealt Peggy a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy finds herself stuck doing administrative work when she would rather be back out in the field -- putting her vast skills into play and taking down the bad guys. But she is also trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers – aka Captain America.
Nancy Basile writes about entertainment for Media Medusa. Check out our review: http://mediamedusa.com/agent-carter-heats-up-midseason/Agent Carter Heats up Mid-Season with Style.