While the presumptive death of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been played out in the climax of the first season of <I>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. </I>, thanks to the continued popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and some more of that movie studio-TV network synergistic Disney magic, the birth of S.H.I.E.L.D. <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/21076-marvel-s-agent-carter-gets-picked-up-by-abc-agents-of-s-h-i-e-l-d-renewed.html> will be presented in a new series</a>: <B>Marvel’s Agent Carter</B> featuring Hayley Atwell reprising her role as Margaret “Peggy” Carter from <I>Captain America: The First Avenger</I> and the eponymous Marvel One-Shot short film <I>Agent Carter</I>. <p>Post War and Post Steve Rogers, Agent Carter will be fighting new battles in the year 1946 and not just against the forces of evil in a burgeoning era of marvels, but against politics both social and geopolitical. It’s an era rarely seen on television or in comics and Newsarama has a list of things both real and fantastic we want to see when Agent Carter of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads out into the field.
Our Secret Agent and the landmark AMC series <I>Mad Men’s</I> breakout character Margaret “Peggy” Olson share more than a given name and a nickname, they are both young women breaking new ground in a “man’s” occupation. Peggy Olson became a fan favorite by seizing an opportunity to break out from her all but society-defined role as a secretary and assistant by flexing her skills and make the gutsy call to speak up and fight for a bigger role in her own life. <p>Those who’ve seen the Marvel One-Shot <I>Agent Carter</I> from the <I>Captain America: The First Avenger</I> Blu-Ray release saw ‘our’ Peggy refusing to just sit at her desk alone. She heeds the call for a dangerous mission and takes it on all by herself, reaffirming to the viewer what they already knew: this battle-hardened WWII veteran wasn’t going to let the respect she earned for herself go to waste and shouldn’t in her new show either. <p>As much as Peggy Olson could be a role model for the development of the <B>Agent Carter</B> TV character, logically and chronologically, Carter, and the women who served in the military and in factories during the war, are the real inspiration for Olson’s empowerment. Although Ms. Olson could use a little more Agent Carter in her, face it, you’d love it if she punched Don Draper in the throat once in a while.
A fun twist towards the end of <I>Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. </I> was the reveal that Agent Triplett is the grandson of one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s interpretation of the Howling Commandos, likely the multilingual Gabriel Jones. This legacy came complete with some literal baggage: a suitcase full of early S.H.I.E.L.D. spy-tech like an EMP in the shape of a joy buzzer, a hypno-hairdryer and a pack of laser cigarettes that all came in handy right away for Agent Coulson and his team. <p>With S.H.I.E.L.D. being in part founded by Iron Dad Howard Stark, it stands to reason that it will be filled with gadgets that would make James Bond’s Q green with envy. We’ve already seen Howard’s early work on a flying car and while Agent Coulson’s prized 1962 Corvette known as Lola is a bit far along the timeline to see being built, there are plenty of cool era-specific cars and other tech that can be transformed to the kind of spy gadgetry that gives a show like this its flavor.
Speaking of Cap's battlefield allies, <I>The Winter Soldier</I> revealed that all of them, after a fashion, survived the tail end of the war. We even know at least one of them, Agent Triplett's grandfather, was definitely a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and Dum-Dum Dugan's cameo at the end of the Agent Carter short confirms that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s classic number two man stayed in the loop with Howard Stark after the war. <p>Peggy Carter has proven herself more than capable on her own, but no woman is an island. Who better to team up with her from time to time then her war-time allies, The Howling Commandos. Bringing them back will not only make for great event TV, but from a storytelling perspective, allow for the exploration of the post-war experience of veterans, a topic rarely broached on TV at all, let alone in that era. Some of them might even take on heroic personas from the comics like Lt. James Falworth's turn as Union Jack.
Samuel L. Jackson is sixty five years old (born in 1948) and while he looks great for his age, he'd have to be at least a decade or two older for at least a teenage version of him to be around during the founding days of S.H.I.E.L.D. That is of course if there is no such thing as the Infinity Formula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. <p>In classic Marvel lore, the Infinity Formula was a drug that kept the original Nick Fury young to explain how this World War II vet could keep up his activities as the decades passed and he transitioned from solider to spy. So there is no reason that the MCU Fury couldn't have been dosed with 'an' Infinity Formula, in the form of a distillate of Captain America's blood (perhaps as part of the Marvel Comics version of the infamous Tuskegee Experiments as depicted in the landmark mini-series <I>Truth: Red, White & Black</I>) <p>A whole arc of the series could be devoted to Agent Carter uncovering the truth around young Nick and setting the young man on the path to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and founder of The Avengers.
Too soon? No way! Okay, this one might be a pipe dream, but the Black Widow told Steve Rogers that The Winter Solider has been operating in the shadows for decades, so there is no reason that the brainwashed Bucky, in full mask, couldn't be out there wreaking havoc on world stability right from the get-go. <p>An implacable foe for Carter and the nascent S.H.I.E.L.D., The Winter Solider could pop up at the most inconvenient moments and disappear, remaining a mystery and robbing our heroine of victory time and time again. All the while not knowing that this enemy is the thought dead best friend of her war-time love Steve Rogers, a fact that might unknowingly save her life if the HYDRA brainwashing breaks down in a key moment.
Just like the secret war between HYDRA and the S.H.I.E.L.D. precursor the Strategic Science Reserve (SSR) during World War II, the Cold War between the East and West that 'raged' for decades could shadowed by a conflict between S.H.I.E.L.D. and a new KGB-esque spy agency (or even the stuggling-to-stay-relevant Hydra). <p>The groundwork for a Secret Great Game was laid during the events and back story from <I>Iron Man 2</I>. Soviet scientist Anton Vanko defects to the west as part of a plot to steal Howard Stark's technology, including the critical Arc Rector. His actions clearly indicate the potential for a Soviet S.H.I.E.L.D.-style agency for Agent Carter to match wits against.
It’s a fact of network television that the programs have to draw in the largest audience possible to attract the advertising dollars of the big brands, so as much as hardcore comics fans might groan at time-sinks like romantic subplots, there is no reason that <B>Agent Carter</B> can’t work in some key Marvel Cinematic Universe lore while they are attempting to attract those who prefer a little kiss-and-hug with their kick-and-punch. <p>While Carter’s own broken heart and attempts to move on in a world without Steve Rogers would make for some interesting drama, she’s not the only one with both a romantic history and future. Somewhere out there is the Iron Mom, Maria. Who is she, a friend of Peggy’s perhaps? And how did she fall for notorious playboy Howard Stark? Even in fifty-plus years of comics Maria Stark is largely still an enigma, a narrative shade hinted to have had a generous nature. Let’s give Maria her due and laugh as she certainly puts Howard in his place again and again.
And by Scorpio, naturally we mean Zodiac; the vial of blue liquid that played the role of McGuffin in the <I>Agent Carter</I> One-Shot short film. Important enough to be guarded by five (or was it six?) men and taking three to five SSR men (or one very special SSR woman) to take back, viewers were left knowing only that the vial bearing the Scorpio logo was in safe hands in the end. <p>So what was it, just a dangerous chemical weapon as depicted in <I>The Winter Solider</I> prequel digital comic? Or a herald of so much more? Scorpios and Zodiacs litter the comic book universe, alternating being individuals or groups both powered and not. However at the beginning Scorpio was exclusively an enemy of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. and could be great non-HYDRA enemy organization for the new series.
Mentioned in <I>Captain America: The Winter Solider</I>, but for those who didn’t pay attention in class or have never tuned into the History Channel, Operation Paperclip was a real thing. After World War II German/Nazi scientists were recruited to the Allied cause in one of the first ‘battles’ of the Cold War. <p>In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this effort included the recruiting of members of the Nazi’s Deep Science Division, better known as HYDRA. This ultimately disastrous move is how Arnim Zola became a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and how HYDRA was able to survive the end of the war by going underground inside the very organization founded to eradicate them. <p>Not only would it be awesome to get Toby Jones to reprise his role for TV, having the enemy’s big brain right there among the heroes, helping them while at the same time trying to undermine them could create some fantastic tension throughout the entire series.
It’s a fact that superhero comics dropped off in popularity after the end of the war, giving way to more general adventure stories, but that doesn’t mean that there were no heroes in that era, including a few that had fought alongside Captain America and survived the end of the war. Having a cameo (or more) from some superpowered heroes would make for a great event come sweeps week. <p>The first hero that could make it onto <B>Agent Carter</B> would be one we’ve seen already, the so-called Original Human Torch, the android Jim Hammond. Glimpsed briefly in its deactivated state during the Stark Expo scene in the first Captain America movie, having Phineas Horton’s invention “flame on” and become a target of S.H.I.E.L.D., while it perhaps explores its humanity Frankenstein-style, could make for some great television. <p>Speaking of great television, if <B>Agent Carter</B> wants to expand their demographics, they could go the Arrow route and regularly feature a sopping wet shirtless man in fantastic physical shape, aka Namor (providing, of course, the complicated licensing rights would allow it - he is often associated with both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, of course). The Prince of Atlantis with his raw power and regal bearing would make a great foil for Agent Carter and S.H.I.E.L.D., just as long as his activities are limited to complaints about the environment and messing with shipping lanes and doesn’t break MCU history by launching one of his classic comic book full scale invasions of the mainland.