Marvel has another hit on its hands with Marvel’s Agent Carter, which premiered last week with a two-hour special. The show received 9.2m viewers*, whilst it’s not performing as well as DC’s hot shows (Arrow, The Flash, Gotham), I do hope these figures are strong enough to keep this Marvel supporting character, turned leading lady on our screens.
Peggy Carter, for those that don’t know, was the love interest for Captain America in his self-titled first outing. Set during WWII, she was the one that trained him and helped him become a hero, before he crashed in the ice…and woke up just in time for Avengers set today. She made an appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as an old lady in her bed talking to a still-young Steve Rogers (aka Captain America). We’ve also seen her in her own short on the Iron Man 3 DVD release and in the second season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. There has been a healthy appetite for people to know what she did after Captain America was gone. Especially as we know she started S.H.I.E.L.D. – as referenced and seen in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. multiple times.
Dominic Cooper also reprises his role as Iron Man’s dad Howard Stark, it’s great to see him again, his part after all wasn’t as big as it could have been in Captain America. The series also stars James D’Arcy, an actor I love, as Howard Stark’s butler and Agent Carter’s sidekick.
I love my period dramas, I’ve been rather caught up in a marathon of Call the Midwife, The Paradise, and Downton Abbey of late (and roll on the return of Mr. Selfridge) so it is great to see my two favourite genres combined in this series. The hair and make up is fab, and it is all vintage to a T, from the language to the fighting. This pays perfect homage to the classic shows and films whilst still giving us that Marvel modern day edge.
This is totally a show that will be on my weekly watch list.
*Source: The Nielsen Company, 1/6/15