As [Marvel's Agent Carter](tag:1119765) gears up for Season Two, bits and pieces of information (along with an ongoing, amazing dubsmash war) are slowly making their way onto the internet. The latest, and possibly the most interesting, is the news about the show's overarching Season 2 villain, announced recently to be Madame Masque.
Recently, /FILM caught up with showrunners Tara Butters and Chris Dingess, who explained their unique take on the classic character. While they had to "co-opt" Masque (who is a modern character in the Marvel comic universe) for the 1940's setting, their take is an interesting spin on the character that reflects Peggy's inspiration from women of her time:
I think we’ve changed the look of her a bit obviously. We’ve made her an actress, which is very Hedy Lamar. [Lamar] was a ‘40s siren actress who was also a scientific genius, so that’s part of what we’re mining with this character.
Much like Peggy seems to be loosely based on the various female spies of World War II, Madame Masque will be a product of the time, but her comic book canon ties might not change too much. Butters continued, explaining why the changes from comic book canon were necessary:
Here’s the thing. It’s a little hard. In the comic books, a lot of the Marvel period, there are issue rights. Our villain from the season is very much a Marvel villain that we co-opted a little bit like we did Dr. Fennhoff in the first season.
In canon, Madame Masque has terrorized a good handful of different Marvel heroes, though her primary target has always been Tony Stark and Stark Industries. With Howard traveling to Los Angels alongside the rest of the returning cast this coming season, shifting the canonical reasons for her target shouldn't be too hard.
What's more, the character has already been cast, but "we’re not allowed to announce it yet," according to Butters.
Season two of Marvel's Agent Carter will premiere in 2016.