With the massive shake-up in the Marvel universe as a result of the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it makes sense that the ABC series “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been a little more exciting lately. Now Marvel is about ready to expand their TV presence even more.
In an update about several key pilots at various networks, Deadline reports that the developing “Agent Carter” TV series that was revealed last fall is close to landing a straight-to-series order. This comes three months after the script, from “Reaper” writing duo Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, was finished, and after Hayley Atwell (who played the role in Captain America: The First Avenger and the Marvel One-Shot of the same name) was said to be secured for the lead role.
As of now there isn’t a done deal, mostly because there hasn’t been an official greenlight for the project yet, but it sounds like “Agent Carter” will get picked up along with a second season renewal of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Up until now, it hasn’t been clear if Marvel’s freshman series would live to see another season, but the thought process is to have “Agent Carter” fill the void during the time between the fall and spring episodes of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Does that mean the second season of the current Marvel series will take an extended break in its second season? For my money, it would behoove “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” to be a limited series of 13 episodes with bigger budgets for each rather than stretching out the show to fill a full season. It might make for better and more important connections to the Marvel cinematic universe.
The question is just how much impact “Agent Carter” will have on the current Marvel universe since all the action will likely take place in the ’40s and ’50s, after World War II has ended and Steve Rogers is presumed dead (but actually frozen in ice). At the very least (don’t read ahead if you haven’t seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier yet), it will give us an idea of how Hydra was able to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
Speaking of which, if “Agents of “S.H.I.E.L.D.” does get picked up for a second season, we’re very interested to see how the series continues now that the agency has been brought down by Captain America, Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Maria Hill after they discovered Hydra’s plans. It will undoubtedly lead up to the events of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and some of the loyal agents might even help Nick Fury with whatever he was leaving to do in Europe. Stay tuned for an official announcement regarding either or both of these Marvel series soon.
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