ABC’s Agent Carter is currently facing an uncertain future. Between the modest ratings and star Hayley Atwell’s recent commitment to another TV pilot, speculation is that the Marvel series could be on the chopping block. But fans of the show shouldn’t lose hope just yet. According to producers, there’s a chance that the heroine could live on in future seasons of Agents of SHIELD, if Agent Carter is eventually officially canceled.
While Agent Carter has garnered critical acclaim throughout its two seasons, it’s never exactly been a ratings powerhouse. After earning a pleasantly surprising renewal last year, the second season has only continued to see disappointing ratings. The season two premiere earned a low 3.3 million total viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, despite heavy marketing. Since then, the shown has drawn a season average of 2.7 million viewers and a 0.79 demo score. Given those fledgling numbers, it’s no surprise that Agent Carter‘s shot at a season three renewal is far from a sure thing.
As of now, ABC has yet to make a decision on Agent Carter’s fate. But even if the network does decide against renewing the show, there could still be hope for fans that want to see more of Atwell’s character in the future. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Agents of SHIELD showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen said there’s a chance that the heroine could join the SHIELD cast in future seasons, if Agent Carter fails to get renewed.
“There’s always that possibility,” Tancharoen said when asked if there’s room for Agent Carter in the SHIELD universe.
While there are no current plans to combine the two worlds, Whedon says there are plenty of ties between the shows that could potentially be explored. “We are in an old SSR base, and Agent Carter founded SHIELD. There’s definitely a direct line between the two,” he told THR.
Integrating Agent Carter into Agents of SHIELD, should the former get canceled, is certainly an interesting possibility. Obviously, the shows would have to figure out a way to work around the discrepancy between their two time periods. But exploring the connections between the two worlds could make for some great story lines. Not to mention, it would allow Atwell’s Carter to live on in some way, which will likely be good news to all the fans who are petitioning to keep her on air.
That being said, Whedon — like many other viewers — hopes that ABC will decide to bring Agent Carter back for another season. “We’re still very hopeful that it will return because we love it,” he said. “We are linked to them through history so whether or not we’ll tell their stories remains to be seen.”
Fans will have to stay tuned to see whether Agent Carter sticks around, either in a third season of her own solo series or on Agents of SHIELD. In the meantime, Atwell is keeping plenty busy. Last month, the actress signed on to star in the ABC pilot, Conviction. It remains to be seen whether that project will make it to series, but it reportedly won’t affect the fate of Agent Carter either way. Atwell is expected to work on both shows, in the event that Conviction and Agent Carter both end up moving forward.