Wednesday, January 7, 2015

On The Air: Agent Carter (2015)

ABC & Marvel Comics are giving Agents of SHIELD a little winter vacation this month & next. Filling the void is Agent Carter, which is spun off from the first 2 Captain America movies. In fact, Cap himself (Chris Evans) appears in flashbacks during the first hour.

ABC decided to take advantage of a Flash rerun on CW to air back-to-back episodes of Agent Carter, leading into a teaser for "Ant-Man", which hits multiplexes in July. More on that later. However, maybe that was a little bit too much for one night.

Margaret "Peggy" Carter (Hayley Atwell, reprising from the movies) is still in mourning over the seeming death of her boyfriend, Steve Rogers, aka Capt. America. However, her superiors don't think she can handle field duty, and keep her busy with menial tasks. That is, until word gets out that Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, reprising from "Iron Man" & "Captain America") is being branded a traitor because some of his inventions have fallen into the wrong hands. Stark heads overseas to try to find some of the missing inventions, leaving Carter stateside with Stark's butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy), and her own devices, particularly, a talent for disguise.

Agent Carter, while set in post-WWII America, is the first comics-related series in nearly 40 years to be set in what amounts to comics' Golden Age. The other? The first season of Wonder Woman, which also aired on ABC at the time. Before we go any further, let's give you a taste.......

Carter & Jarvis work well together, and in a reversal of England's iconic Avengers of the 60's, Jarvis is married, but I get the feeling we'll see Mrs. Jarvis ere long, if at all, kept in the dark about Edwin's new side gig. I also get the feeling that Agent Thompson (Chad Michael Murray, ex-One Tree Hill) will not only finally come around to Carter as an adept field agent, but there might some stirring of emotions, too. Just a guess.

Of course, I could be wrong.

"Ant-Man", starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, the character introduced in the late 70's, and Michael Douglas, looks promising as another summer sleeper, like "Guardians of the Galaxy" last year. That's more than I can say for the reboot of "Fantastic Four", but we've already gone over that atrocity...........!

Rating: B+.


magicdog said...

I just might tune in for this one!

It's awesome to have members of the theatrical film reprise their roles for TV - no cheap recasts or recreations!

Is this Agent Carter supposed to be related to the current Agent Carter? A mother or grandmother?

hobbyfan said...

Something like that. Given how Marvel has fudged their own history in recent years, you may be on the right track......