Joss Whedon's The Avengers TV spinoff, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, premieres on ABC next week, yet Marvel Entertainment is apparently already thinking ahead, as they do. Clearly anticipating a big hit with SHIELD, the studio is reportedly in the early stages of developing a Captain America: The First Avenger spinoff series for television as well. The project's working title? Agent Carter.
Why is she so excited? you might be asking yourself. Let me tell you:
Rumor is, Agent Carter is inspired by the Marvel short film by the same name, which will be included as a special feature on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray/DVD release, out Tuesday. (Significantly, the idea for Agents of SHIELD came from the Marvel short Item 47.) Again according to reports from sites like Deadline Hollywood and The Hollywood Reporter, the show would follow SHIELD operative Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger and in the short) after the death (or so she believes) of Steve Rogers/Captain America in the World War II era.
None of this has been confirmed by the tight-lipped studio (they often postpone confirmation as long as possible), and since it's in such early stages, who knows if it'll work out? The success—or lack thereof—of ABC's SHIELD will undoubtedly be a huge factor as well.
That said...how awesome would it be if Agent Carter became a reality? The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is majorly in need of a female-led franchise, and this would be a great start (though don't go thinking the fans don't also want a Black Widow, Captain Marvel, and/or other superhero film starring a woman, Marvel brain trust). And there wouldn't be any conflict with SHIELD storylines since Agent Carter would be a period drama. I'm already loving the idea of this show... Getting Hayley Atwell back as Peggy Carter would be the cherry on top, yes?
Fingers crossed! (In the meantime, always feel free to come talk MCU 'shipping with me, as this fangirl can never have too many discussions about things like the perfection of Black Widow/Hawkeye, speculation on BlackHawk in Avengers 2, and the potential for Fitz/Simmons romance.)