Not long ago, there was a wave of news confirming the continuation of certain TV series, and the cancellation of others. While some had their doubts about its future, [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765) was fortunately among the TV series greenlit for another new season. Naturally, fans (including myself) are elated. Though, after the events of the first season, there begs a question: where do we go from here?
That question was quickly afforded an answer, with the announcement of Agent Carter's new and improved description from ABC:
“MARVEL’S AGENT CARTER” (Season 2) “Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter.
Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Chris Dingess, Kevin Feige, Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Stan Lee and Jeph Loeb are executive producers. “Marvel’s Agent Carter” is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television.
Now, that synopsis, as necessary for viewers to tune in, is very vague. At first glance, it doesn't seem to offer much in the way of clues, or even context by which to draw a right and proper speculation. Though, on further inspection, a couple of cues came to mind, and a particular story from the comics comes to mind, that would match the clues within the synopsis to a T.
new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II
The Atomic Age is a reference to the production of the first atom bomb. That in and of itself is no surprise, seeing as how Agent Carter is a period piece largely surrounding espionage, military action and political intrigue. Aside from the bomb itself, though, bear in mind the significance of atomic power and various other explosive weapons of mass destruction for the next clue.
The next clue is my favorite part-
Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles
the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood
So, Agent Carter is not just headed to LA, but specifically within the area of Hollywood. Hollywood, of course, is where TV and movies are made. And among the staff and crew that help make said TV and movies, are actors. And there is one actor in the Marvel Universe that I can recall, with connections to the early days of SHIELD, The Avengers, and the villainous organization HYDRA: Simon Williams.
That's right, boys and girls: the Wonder Man.
According to his history, Simon Williams was a humble man, trying and failing to run his father's company. In an attempt to make it successful, he gets tangled up in embezzlement schemes, and winds up in prison, only to be bailed out by Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil. In exchange, he agrees to undergo various dangerous experiments, one of which is an 'ionic ray', which transforms Williams forever into a living entity of ionic energy, who Zemo christens the Wonder Man.
Of course, in the comics, Wonder Man only becomes an actor after facing the Avengers, being defeated at their hand, joining them, and eventually leaving their ranks. Though, as shown by Hank Pym's current septuagenarian senior citizen status in the upcoming Ant-Man movie, events in the MCU do not always play out exactly the same as they do in the comics on which they are based.
Now, of course, I don't expect we'll get an exactly perfect representation of the Masters of Evil team that created Wonder Man in the comics. Likewise, they most likely won't even be referred to as the Masters of Evil, but perhaps just a branch of the organization HYDRA. Though, there are some parts of the Wonder Man origin story which would make so much sense to keep intact.
First and foremost, Simon Williams is changed into the Wonder Man by a man whose name is quite familiar to many Marvel fans: Baron Zemo. Zemo, as you may know, is also the name of the primary antagonist for the upcoming [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409). Though, this Zemo is not the first. Baron Helmut Zemo is the son of Baron Heinrich Zemo, who worked against the SSR back in WWII.
By my estimation, we'll be seeing the first Baron Zemo (Heinrich, the father) in Agent Carter as a lead-in to the second Baron Zemo (Helmut, the son) in Captain America: Civil War. Better yet, I figure this is as close to a proper introduction as one can suspect for the Wonder Man, since he's not likely to get his own movie, before facing (and eventually joining) the Avengers on the big screen.
And best of all, Wonder Man is a being of pure ionic energy. As such, he is gifted with numerous superhuman capabilities: superhuman strength, superhuman durability, superhuman stamina, flight, ability to project ionic blasts, etc. Though, one of the most impressive abilities bestowed to him is a form of immortality: his ionic form doesn't age, so he'll look just as young and vibrant if/when he shows up in later MCU movies, as he will, if he shows up on Agent Carter.
So, what do you think? Is Peggy headed to Hollywood to prevent Baron Zemo and the upstart HYDRA organization from giving birth to the threat of the Wonder Man? Or have I been interpreting the clues all wrong, from ABC's new season synopsis? Let us know in the poll and comments below!