Some fans were surprised when ABC cancelled Agent Carter after two seasons, and Marvel's head of Television Jeph Loeb was apparently one of them.
"There were no conversations," Loeb told BusinessInsider. "We had a call from the network. The network said they were cancelling the show."
Although Loeb didn't disclose the reasons given for ABC not renewing Agent Carter, when asked if he understood why, he responded, "I don't."
Nevertheless, Loeb tells BusinessInsider that ABC and Marvel's ties "couldn't be better."
"We make the best shows that we can as they are requested by the various networks," said Loeb. "So whether it’s ABC or Netflix or FX or Fox or Freeform, any of the networks that we’re on, they ask us to tell the best stories that we can, and we do that. We hope that, in turn, we’re then going to get the best audience that we can. And when they decide that that’s not something they want to do anymore, there’s not a lot you can do. That’s the nature of the television business."
And while ABC has shut the door on the Agent Carter series, Loeb points to the revival of Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson after his death in Avengers to star in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as proof that "anything is possible."
"Let me just put it this way: I watched The Avengers. Phil Coulson died. His story was done. We’re about to go into the fourth season, and he’s standing right over there," Loeb said, gesturing to Gregg who was reportedly in the room at the time of the interview. "So I like to think that anything is possible. And that’s one of the reasons why I enjoy my job so much."