Marvel’s Agent Carter recruits fans with action-packed premiere


Courtesy of Marvel Studios.

by Lily Johnson, Reporter

It’s 1946, and the nation’s hero, Captain America, is presumed dead. World War II has officially ended, and nothing is the same for Agent Peggy Carter.

On Tuesday, January 6th, Marvel Studio’s Agent Carter recruited fans with a stunning two-hour premiere of the eight-episode spin-off series on ABC (It airs at 9:00 p.m. regularly.)

I am a huge Marvel Comics fan and have never been disappointed with anything that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced, but I had mixed feelings about how the spin off series was going to fall into place. How would the story of a minor heroine, Peggy Carter (the comic or the woman), carry a whole series?

The show began where Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger ended, with hero Captain America’s icy crash-landing of Red Skull’s aircraft. Peggy was devastated at the loss of Steve (Captain America), and viewers were left with the film’s cliffhanger, not knowing what happened after Steve Rogers, ‘just a kid from Brooklyn,’ saved the day. The series will flesh out what happens between the two movies, Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

Peggy is working undercover as an agent for the S.S.R. (Strategic Scientific Reserve), and none of the other agents appreciate her presence:  she’s a smart woman in a man’s world. She is a single woman in the 1940’s.  Her co-workers do not know that she worked with Captain America and contributed greatly to World War II.

In the premiere,  daily life is turned upside down when Agent Carter sees that her friend, Howard Stark–the genius millionaire and owner of Stark Industries–is being framed for selling weapons to United States’ enemies. Knowingly that Stark would never take part in such action, Peggy decides to investigate.

Later in the episode, Howard approaches Peggy and asks for her help in clearing his name. He explains that the weapons were stolen, and his name is purposely being framed to cover up whoever stole his weapons to begin with.

Howard heads off to solve the issue, and Peggy is introduced to Howard’s butler, Edwin Jarvis.

As the show continued, the plot became more and more complicated by action, adventure, and suspense.

The moral of the premiere is, “Be careful who you trust.”

The premiere left me wanting to watch more, but at the same time, there was a lot to comprehend for only the first episode. In other words, it was intriguing, but very busy. A Captain America novice would be confused.

Hayley Atwell has a long list of acting credentials, but most will recognize her from her Captain America role, Peggy Carter.  She’s a tough character with a brain and physical skills, a great role model for young women.

Catch Marvel’s Agent Carter Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.