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Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ May Get Straight-to-Series Order

Photo Credit:  Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment

Photo Credit: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Entertainment

Lackluster ratings on the spin-off show “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” haven’t prevented Marvel from hinting at another TV project, capitalizing on the success of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the popularity of its leading lady Peggy Carter, played to perfection by the tough but glamorous Hayley Atwell. Although it began humbly as a short on the “Iron Man 3” Blu-Ray, “Agent Carter” has generated enough buzz that Marvel is hinting at greenlighting an entire series order — never mind testing a pilot episode first.

Atwell and her representatives have remained tight-lipped, but that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating. When initial rumors about “Agent Carter” emerged, the studio refused to confirm the project’s fate and Peggy Carter appeared to be doomed to remain in the shadows as Captain America’s lost love, but as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” goes on hiatus, Carter seems poised to take over for her more contemporary compatriots.

Set in 1946, the Agent Carter TV show promises to take viewers through the Iron Man short and through the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. Marvel has hinted at Dominic Cooper returning to reprise his role as the brilliant Howard Stark.

Although reception to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” was lukewarm, Marvel and ABC have good reason to remain confident. Over the past six years, Marvel’s comic book adaptations and character interpretations have revitalized the superhero genre, taking it from box office poison to summer blockbuster, and even influencing the characterization of the original characters. Movies have been both critically and commercially successful. The Iron Man short could easily have been the studio testing the waters and finding them warm indeed. Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas are attached as showrunners, attracting former “Reaper” fans.

But before any fans can get too excited about the prospects of “Agent Carter,” remember — Marvel has refrained so far from directly confirming any of the rumors swirling around its newest show. “Agent Carter” is happening, but without an official announcement greenlighting a series order, it’s best not to get your hopes up.