Movies based on Comic Books are all the rage, infiltrating the small screen with multiple shows of varying levels of success. Even ‘event stories’ from Comics have made their way into films with Marvel’s Cinematic Universe where multiple movies with solo heroes culminate into one team up film combining all the individual stories. And soon, another comic universe concept will become part of the film and TV universes: the tie in book.
Marvel’s ‘Agent Carter’ will supposedly be a prequel story set after the events of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ focusing on the character of Peggy Carter from the same movie, and will tell the story of the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. and her contribution to it. But I suspect there will be more at play than just that, especially given that S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer even exists in the MCU. So it’s strange that Marvel would put out a prequel in the middle of the mid season break of an existing show such as ‘Agents Of SHIELD’, if it didn’t somehow connect or ‘tie in’ (see what I did there) to what more is to come in the MCU. Given that, here are some theories and thoughts of what ‘Agent Carter’ may be about and where it could lead.
Episode 1 of Season 2 of ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ showed Peggy Carter leading the Howling Commandos in the raid of a H.Y.D.R.A. facility leading to the acquisition of The Diviner, a major player in that series, as evident in the mid season 2 finale. Given that, ‘Agent Carter’ may tie in directly to the remainder of Season 2 of ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ by showing the events that lead up to that raid and even a look at some of the mysterious characters seen at the end of the mid season 2 finale, who seemed to have more Diviners in their pocession.
In ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.LD.’ flashback sequences show that Peggy Carter interrogated and imprisoned Dr. Whitehall in the 1940’s, the main villain in the first half of Season 2 of that show, implying that she may also have been involved in his capture. So it stands to reason that she also rescued and freed the group of people that the Doctor was experimenting on. People he suspected to be ‘special’ like Skye’s mother. It would be cool if ‘Agent Carter’ showed a bit more background on those characters, who we know may end up being the Inhumans from Marvel comics, as the focus of the rest of Season 2 is expected to feature.
Stark, Jarvis, Ultron, Vision… Oh my!
It’s also feasible that ‘Agent Carter’ may lead directly into ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’. The sequel is said to be about Tony Stark inadvertently triggering a dormant program, which eventually becomes the villain Ultron. It’s possible that the mini-series may focus on the computer programming of Ultron as another tech that they either find like the Diviner, or that Howard Stark, who we know is in the show, even creates and never uses for whatever reasons, only for it to be discovered by son Tony in the future.
The inclusion of Jarvis in this show is also interesting, given that he is in the inspiration of Iron Man’s computer generated Artificial Intelligence, JARVIS, who will gain physical form as Vision played by Paul Bettany in ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’. Could it be that Something happens to human Jarvis during the course of ‘Agent Carter’ which may lead into his becoming the AI that becomes Vision in ‘Age Of Ultron’? D’Arcy and Bettany also look strikingly similar in physical build and features.
The proposed ‘Ant Man’ film is set to release right after ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, where Michael Douglas plays an older Hank Pym, founding Avenger from the comic books. It’s suspected that a younger Hank Pym was crucial to the forming of S.H.I.E.L.D. within the MCU which as well which, if true, may warrant an appearance by a younger Pym in ‘Agent Carter’, if nothing more than as a set up to ‘Ant Man’ itself.
While any or none of these theories may prove to be accurate, it’s definitely interesting to wonder where this show may lead, given it’s unconventional format and timing.
Do let us know your thoughts on the direction of ‘Agent Carter’ and what the show be and how it may affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‘Agent Carter’ premieres on ABC on January 6th, 2015.