The world received sad news last Thursday as it was announced that ABC had cancelled Agent Carter after only 2 seasons. In reaction, fans of the show have started a petition in hopes that one of the streaming services like Netflix (which already has a very strong Marvel presence) or Hulu will pick it up. But why are fans remaining so loyal to Agent Carter?
1. Connective Tissue
While we are meant to believe that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is all one giant, connected world, the movies of the MCU seem to exist almost completely independent of the television series. Why that is and who is to blame for that is a topic for another day…so moving on. Sure we’ve seen Nick Fury and Maria Hill make cameos on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Lady Sif has guest starred a couple of times, but none of them were stars of their own series. Peggy Carter, played perfectly by the lovely and talented Hayley Atwell, made her first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger as the love interest and kind of mentor to Steve Rogers. Since then she has appeared on the silver screen in Captain America: Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man, and on the small screen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her own series Agent Carter, as well as a Marvel One Shot of the same name. She is the bridge from the MCU’s past to its present. Peggy in many ways has been THE tissue that connects the MCU together.
2. Girl Power
One of the biggest knocks on the MCU has been its lack of strong female leads. Black Widow is awesome, but she is always the sidekick or secondary character to the boys. Gamora, Pepper Potts, and Lady Sif are cool, interesting characters, but they aren’t leads either. Even Daisy and May on AoS play second fiddle to Coulson. Aside from Jessica Jones, Peggy Carter is the sole Marvel property headed by a woman. And a very compelling one at that. Marvel Entertainment should be taking the opportunity to flip the script on this issue, not throwing it away.
3. Dwindling TV Presence
ABC, which, like Marvel itself, is owned by Disney, was set to have 3 MCU television series on the schedule starting next year. But now that Agent Carter has been cancelled and the plug was pulled on AoS spin-off Most Wanted before it even really started filming, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stands alone as the only series left. While Damage Control is said to be in development at ABC, it isn’t known if/when that project will ever see the light of day. Could the parent company have put pressure on ABC to keep the series alive?
I am hopeful that Netflix will swoop in and save the day for Agent Carter and bolster their already MCU-heavy lineup…and maybe even find a way to tie it in to the storylines of Daredevil and Jessica Jones or the forthcoming Luke Cage and Iron Fist. And if they don’t, then we’ll still have 2 great seasons of Peggy Carter to enjoy.