That’s right, fellow Level 7 Agents, Agents of SHIELD has officially been renewed! (Update: It’s moving to a new time in the fall!) I thought we might have to wait until next week for the ABC’s upfront presentation, but the good news came tonight! After much speculation, Coulson and his team (whoever survives next week’s season finale) will be back in the fall to continue to fight HYDRA and rebuild SHIELD. After debuting to huge numbers last year, Agents of SHIELD steadily dropped in the ratings, though in the past couple of months viewership steadied and even rallied a bit. The dramatic tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier really helped, both in drawing attention to the show and in giving the show a creative boost. The latest string of episodes has been edge-of-your-seat exciting, and I can’t wait to see where they take the show next season.
The other big news on the Marvel front was that the much-rumored Agent Carter series has been picked up for the fall. Taking place after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, the series will follow Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), as she helps to eventually found SHIELD all while struggling with the gender politics of the 1940s. The show was inspired by the excellent Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter, and I imagine we can expect a similar tone and style for the show. No other casting has been announced, but the official description (at the end of this article) mentions Howard Stark, so it’s possible we could see Dominic Cooper return in that role.
Obviously, a lot about Agent Carter is still unknown, but it’ll be interesting to see how it and Agents of SHIELD relate. There’s the potential for a fascinating parallel, as Peggy Carter works to found SHIELD while Phil Coulson works to rebuild SHIELD. I wouldn’t expect a lot of potential for crossovers (unless there’s time travel, which is always possible), but I could definitely see an episode or two where Coulson’s team picks up an unfinished case from Carter’s time. Also, with the existence of Sharon Carter/Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp) from The Winter Soldier, who is probably Peggy Carter’s granddaughter, there’s some more potential for a connection between the two shows. (Emily VanCamp also stars on Revenge, another ABC show, so I could imagine the producers finding a way to work out an appearance for her on SHIELD.)
All in all, it’s an exciting day for SHIELD fans! It will make the days until the season finale a little easier to bear, even if the wait for season 2 will still seem like forever.
What do you think? Are you excited that Agents of SHIELD has been renewed? Relieved? Never had a doubt? What do you think about Agent Carter? Do you think the show has potential? Who would you like to see join the cast? How long do you think we’ll have to wait to see some sort of crossover? Should I attempt to recap Agent Carter in the fall, or would two shows a week be too much? Let me know in the comments!
The official description of Agent Carter from ABC:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” starring “Captain America’s” Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life – Steve Rogers. Inspired by the feature films “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” along with the short “Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter.” “Marvel’s Agent Carter” stars Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter. Executive producers are Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters, Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus, and Jeph Loeb.