At its network upfronts presentation, ABC did not announce an exact start date for the second season of Agent Carter. Instead, they offered up the following synopsis:
“Marvel’s Agent Carter” returns for a second season of adventure and intrigue, starring Hayley Atwell in the titular role of the unstoppable secret agent for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home — and perhaps even a new love — she’s about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect.
Am I the only one suddenly picturing Peggy Carter dropped into her own more comic book-y version of the film LA Confidential? Either way, the synopsis does not mention James D’Arcy (Jarvis), Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark), Chad Michael Murray (Jack Thompson), Enver Gjokaj (Daniel Sousa) and Lyndsy Fonseca (Angie Martinelli) meaning that as of right now Atwell is the only confirmed returning cast member. Surely they can’t do a season 2 without Jarvis, right? As ScreenCrush pointed out, the locale change makes a certain bit of practical sense since the first season was constantly redressing Los Angeles sets and locations to resemble 1940s New York.
At the time of the first season premiere, Executive Producer Louis D’Esposito wasn’t thinking about a second season yet, telling Collider, “We don’t know. Once we know, we have a great team and we would love to keep them assembled and continue.” First Avenger/Winter Soldier writers Stephen McFeely and Chris Markus were part of that original team, penning Agent Carter’s pilot episode. Since they are now working on Civil War and Infinity War it will be interesting to see if Agent Carter season 2 is able to bring them back.
Whoever is involved, it’s widely assumed though still unconfirmed that Agent Carter will again have just 8 episodes which will air while SHIELD is on its winter hiatus. Marvel TV Head Jeph Loeb had actually hoped a second season of Agent Carter would be more than something ABC rolls out as a preferable alternative to airing SHIELD re-runs, “That’s really ABC’s decision, not ours. We came up with this idea of 30 hours of Marvel, as opposed to thinking about them as separate shows. That idea we would very much like to continue, but our hope now is that Carter has proven itself in such a way that maybe this will be another show that would be in a different time slot. And that would be great.”
But, hey, we’re getting a second season. Yay! As of last February, Loeb indicated, “We have talked about what would be Agent Carter 2 or Agent Carter 3 and one of the things that’s delightful about working in this format of not having 22 episodes, but maybe 10 or 13 or whatever the next adventure is going to be: We’re not committed to [that] it picks up the day after the last episode happened. We could bump a year or whatever we wanted to do in order to get to seeing those early years of S.H.I.E.L.D. and where they’re going.”
Of course, Loeb has been a busy man since he said that, successfully launching Daredevil on Netflix, covertly putting an Agents of SHIELD spin-off into development and even more covertly setting American Crime’s John Ridley to work on a mystery project updating a well-known Marvel hero. That Shield spin-off, the Adrienne Palicki-starring project we were all calling Mockingbird, is dead, for now, and ABC entertainment president Paul Lee offered reporters the briefest of explanations today, “We absolutely love those characters on S.H.I.E.L.D. [Palicki’s Mockingbird, Nick Blood’s Lance Hunter]. We think S.H.I.E.L.D. hit its creative stride this year. We thought the right time now is to leave them on S.H.I.E.L.D. because S.H.I.E.L.D. is so strong on the moment.” Lee also confirmed that Ridley is indeed working on something, but he declined to offer any further details.
So, to anyone who really, really knows their Marvel comics what LA-based 1940s/50s stories could Agent Carter season 2 play with? Are you bummed by the “perhaps even a new love” part of synopsis which implies Peggy may not end up marrying that sweet guy with the crutches? Are you just deeply amused by the timing of season 2 tackling sexism in 1940s/50s Hollywood while the ACLU is petitioning the federal government to look into 2015 Hollywood’s allegedy sexist hiring practices? Let me know in the comments.