It's been a couple of months since that dreaded day when ABC canceled Marvel's Agent Carter. It wasn't long after this announcement circulated that the internet exploded, with fans campaigning to save their favorite show using various platforms to get their voice heard — trending on Twitter, launching YouTube videos and most notably — appealing to Netflix with a petition that garnered an incredible 125,000 signatures, a number that's still rising.
Very little explanation was given for the cancellation — the ratings were never anything to sing about but that never seemed to bother ABC before. Moreover, Agent Carter's sister show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. struggles in the ratings department, yet it was renewed.
Now that we've had about two months for the dust to settle, let's take a look at why now would be the perfect time for Netflix to swoop in and save the day.
A Better Platform
Ten years ago, if you missed an episode of your favorite show, you'd most likely be unable to catch-up until the season came out on DVD or there was a re-run. Today, not only are DVRs ubiquitous, but we have streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and iTunes where one can stream or purchase their favorite shows digitally.
Agent Carter may be a period drama, but it existed in 2015 on network television. Network television is becoming less and less popular and — with the exception of premium cable networks such as HBO and Showtime — most people are now looking for entertainment from streaming services. Streaming TV shows and films online is becoming the norm with every passing year. This unique format would allow Agent Carter to exist where it would be more accessible to the modern generation. The streaming service would also allow for darker storylines that would be deemed unsuitable for network television.
The CW may be the home of DC superhero television, but Netflix is the home of premium quality Marvel entertainment. Netflix's exclusive deal with Marvel allows the streaming service to produce their own original series featuring Marvel's characters and set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
So far, Netflix has produced Marvel's Daredevil, which has been a worldwide smash hit, and Marvel's Jessica Jones, which has enjoyed similar success. As you can see from the image above, Netflix are set to produce three more Marvel original series including The Defenders — featuring characters from all of their other Marvel shows.
Taking all of this into consideration, you can see why it's obvious that Netflix is the perfect home for Agent Carter. Not only is it a Marvel series, but it technically exists within in the same universe as all of Netflix's original Marvel programming — the MCU.
As I mentioned above, the fan support within the "Save Agent Carter" campaign has been incredible and the petition currently holds over 125,000 signatures — pretty impressive for a show deemed to be unsuccessful. Not only that, but "Agent Carter" trended worldwide following the show's cancellation. Hashtags like #SaveAgentCarter and #NetflixSaveAgentCarter are becoming increasingly popular with every passing day.
With a petition this successful, its pretty clear that Netflix would be be guaranteed to reap the benefits of Agent Carter if they were to renew it. If you'd like to sign the petition, click here.
Marvel Continues To Thrive
Marvel is showing no signs of slowing down. The second season of Daredevil was universally praised, The second season of Jessica Jones is due for release later in the year, three more Netflix original series are planned for release, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D will as be returning to screens this fall, Captain America: Civil War was a huge hit, and the MCU is getting ready to enter a new era with several new films lined up for release.
Marvel is larger than ever and now would be the perfect opportunity for Marvel — and Netflix — to cash in on Peggy Carter's popularity. The character is not only beloved, but vital to the entire existence of several key elements of the MCU — S.H.I.E.L.D, Steve Rogers fulfilling his potential and of course her friendship with Howard Stark and Edwin Jarvis — factors that were likely important for a young Tony Stark .
Revivals Are Bigger Than Ever
We're living in a golden era for television — and some of the greatest TV series ever are being brought back for a revival. Just look at what announcements the past year had had to offer: We've had the X-Files revival, Twin Peaks is making a long awaited return, Prison Break will be returning to FOX later this year after a seven year gap and who could forget Gilmore Girls, which is being revived by none other than Netflix itself.
As revivals are so popular at the moment, especially from Netflix who have saved much loved shows in the past, now would be the perfect timing for Netflix to revive our favorite Marvel agent.
With evidence like that there really is no question — Netflix should revive Agent Carter. While there is no official word from the streaming service thus far, the evidence suggests that fans can remain hopeful. Not only that, but Hayley Atwell admitted that she would "one hundred percent" commit to a revival if it were to happen.
I'm no expert, but there is pretty solid evidence to suggest that a revival would be great for everyone involved. Marvel continues to take over the world, but it's only fair that they should bring back the woman who's responsible for it all, right?
What do you say, Netflix?
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