Marvel Cinematic Universe fans can likely breathe a little easier today, since the two major television outings that take place in that shared world are coming back for new rounds in the 2015-16 season.
According to Deadline, ABC has renewed “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” starring Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, for a third season. “Agent Carter,” with Hayley Atwell reprising her role as SSR agent and S.H.I.E.L.D. founder Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger, will be returning for a second season as well. Although “Agent Carter” wasn’t as much of a ratings-bringer as some other series in ABC’s repertoire, it’s likely that the network sees ongoing value in establishing Marvel’s presence on television, especially as the films continue to do so well at the box office. Both Marvel ABC series will join the current and upcoming Netflix series by adding an entirely other layer to the film universe, which now encompasses 11 movies, two network TV series, and five shows on the streaming service, including the already-debuted “Daredevil.”
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” also recently featured a tie-in to Avengers: Age of Ultron, leading Marvel to the new marketing slogan for their various media properties: “It’s All Connected.”
While a spin-off of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was briefly in the works at ABC to focus on the lives of two featured characters on that series, a separate report from Deadline claims that the spin-off project is not moving forward. The idea had divided some fans of the flagship show, since it would focus on two of its more popular new characters — Adrianne Palicki’s Agent Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood’s mercenary-turned-agent Lance Hunter — and potentially take them off of the main series.
Ever since the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the final episodes of its first season, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has become a bit of a different show compared to when it first began. The infrastructure of the title organization is now gone, with Coulson serving as the director of a new iteration of it, being built from the ground up with only a few loyal allies at the ready. “Agent Carter,” on the other hand, was largely critically well-received by establishing an even firmer grip on the past events within the MCU, filling in some backstory on the “S.H.I.E.L.D.” series while also giving more context and focus to Atwell’s fan-favorite character established in 2011’s Captain America film.
For more on these series as they take shape for their upcoming seasons, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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