Warning: Spoilers. If you haven't watched the finale of Marvel's Agent Carter, you may want to turn back now.
Last night, Marvel's Agent Carter came to it's thrilling conclusion, with Peggy saving the day, Manhattan, Howard Stark, the SSR, and essentially everyone and everything in sight. It was awesome, combining emotion and action with that final wink-and-a-nudge to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The big question now is; will we see more of Peggy Carter? This "season" was rumored to be intended as an eight-episode run, and when it was announced, many people felt that it was simply a short stop-gap to fill the time that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would be off the air. Now, having seen the incredible response to Agent Carter, could this become a regular Marvel TV series? As the show wrapped up, showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas have been speaking to EW, THR and TheMarySue about the probability of Peggy's return.
While the show is currently up in the air, it sounds like both Marvel and ABC were happy with the performance of Agent Carter, and that can only ever be a good thing.
Fazekas: [Marvel] seemed to be very happy with it. We didn't get very many notes, which we took as a good sign.
Butters: We have such a great collaboration with Marvel and Marvel Studios and ABC. I really believe that they always have been supportive of our vision.
Butters: We were glad our little show attracted the audience it did in eight episodes.
Fazekas: This isn't a secret, but the TV business has changed. People don't watch shows the night of as much. If you look at the delayed viewing numbers, it almost doubles the night of ratings.
It's difficult to tell from such a short run, and as Fazekas mentioned, immediate ratings no longer hold the keys to another season.
While this one ended on quite a satisfying note, rather than the cliffhangers that are so common when shows expect to be continued, there are still a lot of characters and elements that are ready and waiting to pick up where we left off. Dottie's disappearance and Sousa's question are two of the biggest story lines that could be picked up again.
Butters: It’s satisfying in a lot of the arcs. Peggy’s arc is very satisfying that where she starts off in the pilot and where she ends up, you feel like she had a nice arc. She’s in a very different place by the end of the season. And I think that most of the characters are. You need to tease certain things. I love the idea that Dottie is out there.
Fazekas: Did you notice that in the scene where Sousa asks her out, he put his crutch down before he does it? I love that little touch. I don’t know if it was Enver or the director, but it wasn’t written. He leans the crutch against the desk and he turns around and takes a couple of steps toward her before he speaks. I love that little moment where it’s like, “I’m not going to be that guy, I’m going to be this guy.
Butters: We’ve talked about the smile that comes across her face afterwards. It’s her realizing that maybe there is something there.
Of course, there is far more to bring to further seasons of the show than just a continuation of Peggy's story as we saw it here. With such a short show, some things didn't make it into the first season, and other things are still percolating in the minds of the writers.
Fazekas: We’ve been talking about a lot of ideas, actually. We have what I think are good, fun notions of what to do in the second season that we can’t say, but they’re good.
Butters: I just think there are so many more stories to tell with Peggy. It’s been such a pleasure working with the talented Hayley, James, Dominic, Chad. I mean, they’re all so wonderful.
Fazekas: We had always talked about seeing Peggy out on a regular night out. In episode 6, we had pitched that maybe she was on a night out with the girls—Angie (Lyndsy Fonseca) and Dottie before we know who Dottie is. We realized that by that time, the stakes are so high and the situation is so dire that she’s not going to go out for a night out on the town. She has too many important things to deal with. It would be interesting to see what Peggy is like in her personal life. I think she’s probably really awkward and weird, which would be interesting to me. She hasn’t been that person in so long. She would be somewhat of a fish out of water. “OK, you have to be a girl and you have to doll yourself up.” I think it would be really weird for her.
Butters: I think it would be easier in the second season because she’s just in such a different place.
I have to say, I would love to see more of Peggy's "real life" and her friendship with Angie. It was something that I was incredibly excited about when the show was announced, and I would find it so fun to see them settling into their new mansion together. I want to see Angie on stage with Peggy in the audience, and developing their friendship aside from the perspective of "Peggy has to hide from Angie." I want to see them eating an entire pie and drinking a whole bottle of liquor to see which gets them sick first.
I also want to see Jarvis and his "real life." There has to be some kind of fallout from the changes to his perfect routine (as mentioned in the first episode), and I want to see him struggling to cope (and hopefully succeeding. I love Jarvis as a character!). I would love it if he stopped dismissing Stark's conquests with a bracelet, and made Howard do his own dirty work, but most of all, I want to see him start to work with Howard to become the JARVIS we know from Iron Man.
Clearly, there is so much room for advancement in this show, and Fakekas and Butters make it clear that they are hoping for a continuation of Peggy's adventures.
Fazekas: Just from a creative standpoint, I always have to write as if there’s going to be an infinite amount of upcoming episodes. You have to put yourself in the headspace that you’ll leave these things open. I like to write from that otherwise you’re guarded and not going all the places you can go.
Butters: I don’t see this as a show that only has a couple seasons in it. This is a show that has as many seasons in it as we want, and as many seasons as we can find a good story for. I could write this show for the next five years and be perfectly happy.
If Agent Carter returned for another four years, I would be perfectly happy too!