I personally found the first season slow at the beginning but it gained momentum throughout the eight episode first season and developed into a thoroughly entertaining experience! It sure didn’t hurt that the stunning Hayley Atwell absolutely mesmerizes as Peggy. Much like in First Avenger, her charisma and inherent toughness simply is a joy to behold.
So, what’s in store for Season 2? Well, we definitely know that the show will be changing scenery and Peggy and Jarvis will be relocating to Los Angeles. There have also been lingering rumours that we will see Dr. Strange and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. plot tie-ins. Dottie Underwood, a ruthless female assassin trained by the Red Room (the same Russian program that trained Black Widow) will also be back to cause more trouble. Wynn Everett has also come on board to play Whitney Frost a.k.a. Madame Masque in S2. Other than those tidbits, we will need to wait and see.
We can speculate though, and that’s half the fun! Which characters would we love to see pop up in Season 2 of Agent Carter? Here’s a few ideas...
Phineas Horton And The Original Human Torch
We got a cool little Easter egg of the original Human Torch android at the Stark Expo in First Avenger, so that confirms that these characters exist in the MCU, right? Sure!
So totally think it’s cool to emphasize on that and actually explain the story behind it...at least on TV. Now, I’m not sure if Marvel Studios can use the name “Human Torch” or not, since Fox is keeping a death grip on those Fantastic Four film rights. But they can use simply “android” or perhaps “Toro” (which technically was the second Human Torch) or the android’s self-appointed human moniker, Jim Hammond. I could see this storyline focusing a bit more on the android’s creator, Phineas Horton, and his struggle to keep his prized creation out of the wrong hands.
They could also use this plotline as a tool for creating some prequel groundwork for Age of Ultron, as it would be about the MCU’s first A.I. story. Also, having the original Jarvis meeting the world’s first automaton would be quite ironic.
The parallels are perfect, it would be a scriptwriter’s dream...and dang, I just wanna see it happen.
Namor The Sub-Mariner
This is another dream come true that could actually happen. Marvel Studios currently is sitting on the film rights for Namor. I think they are hesitant to bring ‘ol wing-foot into the MCU, but they could do it if they had the whim to do so. In fact, there was a tiny tease in Netflix’ Jessica Jones.
What makes Namor perfect for Agent Carter, though, is that he ages extremely slow, so, he looks the same age in the late 40’s as he would in the modern era. He is also the first publically documented superhuman in the Marvel Universe, so it would make sense to place him in the earliest MCU timeline possible. And there’s that fact that he’s popular with the ladies. And Peggy Carter is a lady. Namor is half nekkid most of the time. Do the math. Who ever said Cap was the ONLY superhero in her life? Sparks would surely fly.
She could hate him, she could love him...she could end up hating him again. The possibilities are endless. And if you combine this idea with my last one...we could get our first live-action Torch/Namor scrap!! Hoo boy!
Black Panther (Azzuri)
Here’s a little something they could surely do to tie in with the upcoming Black Panther movie. See, T’Challa is not the first Black Panther. He comes from a long line of Wakandan royalty that donned the mantle.
Azzuri is actually the grandfather of T’Challa, the current Black Panther, and rumour has it, when Azzuri was the Black Panther, he fought Captain America and actually WON! Of course, they later found respect for one another and teamed up (as most superheroes do), but yeah. Grand-Pappy Panther was a badass! I say bring in some great actor and inject that storyline into Agent Carter. It would be a splendid way to beef up the legend of the Panther to hype the movie (which I mentioned in a recent column how important that movie is).
I love the myth and legend factor of the Black Panther and the futuristic tech of Wakanda. It would not only tie into Howard Stark’s knowledge of Vibranium (there’s a story there) but also S.H.I.E.L.D.’s tech discoveries as well. Make it happen, Marvel!
This is a little known Marvel character that would work perfectly in the premise of Agent Carter. Dominic Fortune was created by Howard Chaykin in 1975. He was originally based on Chaykin’s Atlas Comics character The Scorpion, and the characters look nearly identical. I would assume Chaykin wanted to bring his property over to Marvel but could not acquire the ownership rights.
Fortune is a pulp style adventurer-for-hire from the 1930’s who had a love for swashbuckling and gorgeous women. Think Robin Hood meets Indiana Jones meets James Bond. My personal first encounter with the character was in the 2-part Web of Spider-Man story called “Dominic Fortune & Silver Sable” (Web was actually my favorite Spidey series for awhile growing up...or it was just what my corner store had on the shelves, basically). The story had Dominic was an aging hero looking to avenge his son’s death, with Spider-Man’s and Silver Sable’s help. It was cool to see Spider-Man work with an older hero and the respect they have for one another.
I would love to see Dominic Fortune in the MCU and Agent Carter would be the perfect venue for that. Get a slightly older but still handsome and charming actor that is still fit (of course, George Clooney is the ideal choice, but I know that’s impossible), and it would be so entertaining. And again, he’s another perfect love interest for Peggy, if you wanna go that route. Dominic would have it no other way, I’m sure. That cheeky devil.
So, if you look at what the Marvel Cinematic Universe has told us thus far, Captain America gets frozen at the end of the war and we don’t get another costumed hero until Ant Man and Wasp in (I’m guessing) the mid-to-late 80’s? That doesn’t add up to me. There’s a serious void happening there.
I’m thinking there must have been some heroes in between there, and Agent Carter could be the series to bring that to light. Perhaps here is where you can bring in Marvel’s Golden Age superhero team, The Liberty Legion, consisting of Miss America, The Whizzer, The Blue Diamond, Jack Frost, The Patriot, Red Raven and The Thin Man. Yeah, these names are laughable for today’s standards, where we have cool sounding heroes like Deadpool, Spawn, Negasonic Teenage Warhead...and Zombie Tramp, but hey, these characters are from the 40’s, so give them a break. It was an innocent time...and naming a superhero “Whizzer” wasn’t a TOTAL pee joke. Maybe it was just a little, tiny bit of a pee joke.
Bucky was also in the group, but...we won’t go there.
Agent Carter has up to this writing, been focusing mostly on being a noir spy adventure show, and it does a great job at it, but injecting a bit more of the Marvel superhero stuff wouldn’t hurt. Imagine Peggy having to deal with these guys’ shenanigans?! Or the U.S. government attempting to form this team to replace the void left by Captain America and it never becoming public knowledge for some reason? You could adapt this concept in many different ways, the challenge would be making it not too campy. That could be impossible, but Marvel’s proved us wrong so often that we shouldn’t doubt them at this point. There would likely be a pee joke or two in there.
Well, no matter what, we will be glued to our TVs (or whatever you watch TV on these days) for Agent Carter season 2! Hopefully they can keep things awesome and keep everyone watching! Stay tuned for my weekly reviews of the show!
That’ll be it for this week! Bleed Out!