Marvel Studios hasn’t been shy in green-lighting their vast collection of heroes in standalone TV series. It’s given us some incredible stories along the way, but in the process, also left some behind. Agent Carter was one of those shows that got left in the dust, after Marvel cleared the network TV decks following their continued expansion on Netflix. Their focus on streaming is clear too: While green-lighting a Punisher series for the streaming service, they canceled Agent Carter and the never-aired Agents of SHIELD spin-off, Marvel’s Most Wanted. Still though, that doesn’t mean that Agent Carter is done telling its own unique story.
In a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Hayley Atwell admitted that she’s been asking Marvel co-president, Louis D’Esposito about the possibility of an Agent Carter movie. Atwell went on to point out how “the great thing about Peggy [Carter] is, we know from [Captain America: The] Winter Soldier that she lives a long life, so she can come back.” It’s tough to argue against, and when you dig into the raw potential of a full-on film, you begin to see why this needs to happen.
1. Agent Carter was itself, an amazing TV show
The first question you have to ask yourself before adapting a canceled TV series into a film is simple: Was the original story a good one? The answer is of course a resounding “hell yes.” Over its two-season run, Agent Carter was progressive, compelling, and at times, even humorous, all while tying into the earlier years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) timeline.
Atwell perfectly embodied the independent and tough-spirited Peggy Carter. The plot itself was less “Marvel superheroes” and more a post-World War II spy thriller (more on that soon), and it worked wonderfully over its brief run on ABC. Now imagine a whole film with Atwell in the lead, building on the considerable story the ABC series already laid the groundwork for.
2. The potential of a full-on Marvel spy thriller
While Agent Carter often dipped into the Marvel canon for some of its larger-scale story arcs, it was largely rooted in post-World War II era spy-craft. Peggy and her team composed a top secret government organization working in the shadows to neutralize threats to our country that the general public would never even know about. Think Agents of SHIELD, except with less of an ensemble cast, fewer direct connections to the world of superheroes, and more secret agent-centric intrigue. With Marvel continuing to push the boundaries of their film universe, an Agent Carter spy thriller would fit perfectly into that directive.
3. More Hayley Atwell in the MCU is always a good thing
There’s little denying Atwell’s value to the MCU. In virtually every appearance, the British actor has been an all-out scene-stealer, helped by her on-screen charm and hard-nosed approach to the character of Peggy Carter. In short, Atwell has been a gift, and it’d be unwise to simply let her exit stage left. It’s why Peggy has popped up at various junctures throughout the MCU, from a brief cameo in a flashback sequence in Ant-Man, to a heartrending reunion with Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And while the character officially passed away in Captain America: Civil War, there are still plenty of years left to fill in for someone who in the Marvel storyline essentially built SHIELD from the ground up.
4. Peggy Carter’s story is far from finished
If a movie is going to work, we have to determine where exactly the story could go from here. That being so, it’s worth pointing out that there is a metric ton of story material to work with right now for Agent Carter. Season 2 wrapped up on a stunning cliffhanger that we still don’t have the answers to. Meanwhile, we have approximately 40-some unaccounted for years in Peggy’s life to fill in, including the yet-to-be-shown founding of SHIELD from the Strategic Science Reserve (SSR) that existed during the timeline of the Agent Carter TV series. Really the only problem a potential film would encounter is having too many options to hone into a single, focused narrative.
5. The world needs more female-led superhero movies
Hollywood has only recently got the memo that a woman is capable of leading her own tentpole comic book movie, and it took far too long to get to even that point. Agent Carter holds the distinct honor of being the first female-led superhero TV series since Linda Carter’s short-lived run as Wonder Woman in 1975, and it’s inspired a host of others in its wake.
Marvel followed Agent Carter up almost immediately with 2015’s Jessica Jones, while DC followed suit with Supergirl later that year. We even have movies for both Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman on tap, with rumors of a Black Widow film hovering on the horizon. With that in mind, there would be a certain poetry in having Agent Carter rejoin the MCU as the result of the very same trend of female-led properties it kicked off in early-2015.
Follow Nick on Twitter @NickNorthwest
Check out Entertainment Cheat Sheet on Facebook!