After struggling to find its way this year, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is finally picking up steam in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s universe-exploding twist. It hasn’t been officially renewed for a second season, but it won’t be big news when it is. What is big news is that ABC may be coupling that pickup with a straight to series order of Agent Carter, a new Marvel series about Peggy Carter.
According to Deadline, the project was inspired by the Marvel One Shot that appeared on the Iron-Man 3 Blu-ray. The one shot may be enough to sell ABC execs on the idea, allowing them to forgo the traditional pilot stage. Star Hayley Atwell’s option was recently extended and a script has been in the can for at least three months, but the studio hasn’t made the call yet. The series may serve as a bridge between the fall and spring halves of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., taking over the time slot during their hiatus and connecting to the series plot somehow.
Between this and the Netflix series plan, Marvel is upping their TV game. Let’s hope they can up the quality of their offerings, too, because while Marvel is killing it in the theaters, DC has the edge on TV. Hopefully they can find their footing. Atwell is too big an asset to waste on poor characterization and haphazard plotting.