There have been rumblings that Howard Stark would be a big part of the forthcoming Marvel Studios TV series “Agent Carter,” which serves as a sort of limited series prequel to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on ABC, and now it’s finally official.
Today, Marvel announced that Dominic Cooper will indeed reprise his role as Tony Stark’s father, the founder of Stark Industries and the man who helped create Captain America and found the agency that would become S.H.I.E.L.D. Cooper played the character in Captain America: The First Avenger and reprised the role in the Marvel One-Shot Agent Carter, which served as inspiration for the TV series.
For those who haven’t been keeping up with the news, here’s the official synopsis for the “Agent Carter” series:
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.
This isn’t a full series like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” as ABC has only ordered 13 episodes that will act as a “bridge show” between two halves of the aforementioned Marvel series, which has been shaken up quite a bit by the revelation in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Hydra has secretly been controlling S.H.I.E.L.D.
Considering Howard Stark is supposed to have an appearance in Ant-Man (though he’ll be played by John Slattery in that film, just like in Iron Man 2), it’ll be interesting to see how the elder Stark ties in with all of the other Marvel stuff that’s happening, both on the big screen and the small screen.
Cooper joins a cast that also includes Chad Michael Murray as SSR Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj as SSR Agent Daniel Sousa, James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis, and Shea Whigham as SSR Chief Roger Dooley. It’s not clear if Cooper will be a recurring character or a series regular, but it’ll be nice to have another familiar face on the show. “Agent Carter” premieres on ABC sometime in 2015.
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