With pretty much everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially new characters, you have to have some suspicions about what team they play on and/or connections to anyone else in the MCU.
The same goes for Peggy Carter’s neighbour Dottie.
If you weren't suspicious about her before, well last nights episode probably roused your suspicions when she managed to take down Mr. Mink in some serious kick-ass moves.
Well now Marvel has revealed that Dottie is a member of...
... The Black Widow Program.
The Soviet program that turned The Avengers’ Black Widow, Natasha Romanov, into who she is now in the current MCU.
The introduction of Dottie and her connection to the MCU, according to executive producers, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, stemmed from the need for Peggy to have a female rival.
“We weren’t sure how much Marvel would want to do that, how much they would allow us because you’re essentially creating new canon about a character.”
Michele Fazekas told IGN.
Barely anything has been mentioned about The Black Widow Program aside from Black Widow referencing a “red room” in The Avengers.
“Scarlett Johansson's character is of that sort of world. We didn’t know how much they’d be willing to let us play with that but they were very on board from the beginning. They thought it was cool.”
Fazekas and Butters explained that Dottie’s awesome skills and training, while does originally come from the KGB, isn’t part of a “Black Widow” program... yet.
But Tara Butters has said that Dottie’s program will most likely evolve in the Black Widow program, quite like the SSR will eventually transition into S.H.I.E.L.D.
Agent Carter airs Tuesdays on ABC.