In any world other than Marvel, the concept for Agent Carter would sound ludicrous

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06 January 2015

ABC, 8:00 PM ET                                                                                       Sneak  preview
 
Our sister publication, Channel Guide, interviews Haley Atwell

Gerry Straus, writing for our sister publication, Channel Guide, summed up Marvel's new Agent Carter thusly:
Imagine this pitch meeting between Marvel and ABC: “Let’s do an eight-part series about a supporting character from one of our earlier films … a woman with no superpowers. By the way, it’ll take place in the 1940s.” In any other world, this idea would sound ludicrous. Thankfully, Marvel isn’t just any other world, and Agent Carter isn’t just any other show.

Certainly not any other show. Marvel has once again crafted a hit, one that's sure to have influence beyond what's selected with the remote on Monday nights. Expect to see people sporting fedoras and echoing WWII time-period vernacular, all influenced from this slick show set in the 1940s..

Years before Agent Coulson and his S.H.I.E.L.D. team swore to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive, there was Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who pledged the same oath but lived in a different time (1946), when women weren’t recognized as being as smart or as tough as their male counterparts. The series follows Peggy, who is working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) and trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life, Steve Rogers (Captain America). 

In the pilot, "Bridge and Tunnel": When Howard Stark finds himself being framed, he reaches out to Peggy to help him clear his name, empowering his butler to help her as needed; when a weapon falls into enemy hands, Carter is the only one who can get it back.

This new series was inspired by the feature films Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
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