Netflix Finally Explains Why It Didn’t Save ‘Agent Carter’

By July 27, 2016
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Earlier this year, Marvel fans were heartbroken when it was announced that ABC would not be renewing Agent Carter for a third season, despite both of the previous seasons receiving their fair share of fan love and support and were for the most part, critically well-received. However, there was a brief moment of hope from fans following the cancellation, that the show might be saved by Netflix, due to the streaming service’s penchant for saving beloved shows from extinction and their strong working relationship with Marvel as well.

Unfortunately, that brief moment went away fairly quickly, and while there are apparently talks of a possible third season of Agent Carter happening internally right now, it doesn’t look like Peggy Carter will be returning to the big or small screens anytime soon.

During a recent conversation with EW as well, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos explained why they chose not to save Agent Carter:

“We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why. They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue it’s covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.”

From the beginning, the possibility of Netflix picking up Agent Carter was slim at best. While they do have their own batch of Marvel shows right now, the difference in tone between a show like Daredevil and Agent Carter is stark, to say the least, and I think it may have caused a bit of confusion amongst fans if the streaming service had begun distributing new episodes of Agent Carter along with The Defenders lineup.

For that reason, as well as the ones that Sarandos gives, it looks like Carter never really had that much of a shot on the streaming platform, no matter how desperately some fans may have wanted it to. At least we’ll always have the first two, very different and consistently-entertaining seasons of Peggy Carter’s adventures to go back and revisit throughout the years though, after the character was laid to rest this year on both the film and television sides of things.

Though I will say the fact that we’re getting more seasons of Fuller House on Netflix and not Agent Carter, does send me into a bit of a funk, if I’m being completely honest.

Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable