Why You Should Watch Agent Carter Tonight


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Marvel’s Agent Carter premiere is just a few hours away! It will follow Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and show her navigating a post-war, post-Captain America world and take her from a supporting character to lead action hero. It is said to specifically deal with the beginnings of SHIELD, but it looks like so much more than that. So why should you watch? Why should you care?

First of all, it’s the first female-led Marvel property. In as many years as Marvel has been making movies and TV shows, this is the first time a woman has been the title character. It’s kind of ironic that the show will deal with Peggy experiencing sexism in the workplace in the 1940s when by my previous statement, we know it’s alive and well in 2015. If Agent Carter succeeds, it may set a precedent and lay the groundwork for other future female-led projects, including a long-begged-for Black Widow movie. Not only that, but Marvel – and other studios – will hopefully then realize there is an interest in projects of this nature. Hayley Atwell is the perfect person to have this duty on her shoulders. She’s already proven her kick-butt nature in Captain America: The First Avenger and the Agent Carter one-shot, and it will be awesome to see this character fleshed out further. This is an important show for the Marvel universe and a risk for ABC, and one that everyone should be rooting for.

The show is also important to the history of SHIELD. If you’re an Agents of SHIELD fan, you already know what is happening in the present day. But do you know its origins? DC has a sort of monopoly on origin stories on TV nowadays, with hits like Arrow, The Flash, and Gotham, but Agent Carter is now here to fill in the blanks on the Marvel side. Though the show won’t need to be tied to anything currently happening in the world of Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter will still be important for continuity. It will have free reign to develop characters and plotlines, but will still be tied to the present. In fact, Howard Stark will make an appearance, along with a human Jarvis and even Anton Vanko (you may know his son, Ivan Vanko, as the villain in Iron Man 2) will be seen. If you care about origin stories, this is the one to watch.

Additionally, TV also allows for better character development. A short or movie only allows 30 minutes to two hours to get to know a character. Agent Carter has already been picked up for eight episodes, which will make her more accessible and give people a chance to get to get to know her more.

But Agent Carter is more than just an eye-opening history lesson. It’s a spy drama at heart. Peggy isn’t a superhero, she doesn’t have superpowers; she’s just a regular person and she will prove regular people can change the world. It has been compared to Alias, another female-led action/adventure show that was full of espionage and intrigue. To have an historical drama, spy story, and comic book adaptation all rolled into one show is pretty special.

Agent Carter is an important show to watch and one that is vital to the future of the MCU. Not only will it will fill in blanks in SHIELD’s history, but will delve further into Carter’s backstory and give context to what it was like for women in the 1940s when the men came back from war. If successful, it could open doors for future projects starring kickass women, a genre that so desperately needs representation.

Tune in to a two-hour Agent Carter premiere tonight at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central on ABC.

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