Following onto the success of the Marvel Captain America franchise, ABC will premiere its seven-part miniseries Marvel’s Agent Carter January 6, 2015 from 8-10 PM ET in a two-hour event. The series will air Tuesday night 9-10 PM ET slot vacated by Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the show’s winter hiatus.
Unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Carter is a period piece set in 1946, a time just after World War II. As happened for many women enlisted into “man’s work” during the war years, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) finds herself doing administrative work, pushed aside, now that the men have returned from the battlefields. She’s far too skilled to be scuttled to the SSR secretarial pool, taking down the bad guys, but she’s stuck in a life that was far too common for smart, skilled American women in the post-WWII days.
In a world where women got married, stayed home and had babies, Peggy is also trying to find her way as a single woman, now that she’s lost the love of her life, Captain America, himself. But Peggy’s sanity is saved when an old friend (Howard Stark, played by Dominic Cooper) is framed for a terrible crime: “unleashing his deadliest weapons to anyone willing to pony up the cash.”
Stark asks trusted friend Peggy to find the perpetrators and clear his name. It’s a dangerous game in which he’s enlisted Agent Carter, and if she’s caught while investigating, she could be arrested for treason (or killed by those using the Stark name for their own gain). Fortunately, Stark has assigned his butler Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to be of any assistance she may require!
I had the opportunity at this year’s Comic-Con to speak with the show’s executive producers and cast, and as the premiere gets close, please watch this space as I post interviews and information, images and an advance review of the highly anticipated new limited series. Follow me on Twitter for interview links, and tune into Blogcritics’ Let’s Talk TV Live Tuesday nights at 8:00 ET for the latest.
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