On the eve of Agent Carter's debut, Peggy Carter herself has opened the door to some speculation as to what potential future seasons of the ABC series (should it get any) could hold. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Aaron Couch, actress Hayley Atwell spoke about the promise of the series and the character in the midst of the immersive Marvel Cinematic Universe framework.
"What was fantastic about seeing [Peggy Carter] in Captain America 2 is that we know she's lived a full life," Atwell says. "She would have experienced the '50s, the '60s, the '70s, the '80s and she would have experienced so much culturally during at the time."
Agent Carter is set in the late 1940s after the close of World War II and into the burdgeoning Cold War following up on the original Captain America film, but focusing on the character's longevity - and looping in her ties to S.H.I.E.L.D. and it's predecessor, S.S.R. - provides a potential framework for a device to tell the untold backstory of the MCU, a currently favored conceit in Marvel comic books.
"We learned from Captain America 2 that she's married and that she's had children. We haven't seen that, either," the actress points out. "I'm jumping the gun because I love working on the show so much that I really hope we carry on. That's up for the audience and Marvel to decide. If we did, that would be a very exciting thing to explore."
A new Marvel limited series regularly scheduled during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s winter hiatus (so long as there is a S.H.I.E.L.D.) is certainly a possibility, and the idea of future seasons of Agent Carter jumping in time to take places in various decades between the 1940s and the present day could be an interesting device.
Howard Stark, Hank Pym, Nick Fury, Alexander Pierce, and the Winter Soldier all have histories that could be explored and viewers could also meet young versions of Tony Stark and Phil Coulson. An older Agent Carter could even potentially explore the strange disappearance of Peter Quill in the 1980's version.
But ratings will likely dictate any such future and Agent Carter starts writing that story tonight at 9pm ET.