Thursday, November 6, 2014

Could Agent Carter Be The Female Protagonist Marvel Needs?

NOTE: This article was originally published by me on TheWebsiteofDOOM.com

For anyone who doesn't follow me on Twitter (and kudos to you for making a good decision) I recently had a bit of a rant about Marvel's cinematic universe.

Marvel recently announced its "Phase 3" movie schedule and received a lot of praise for finally having a movie led by a person of colour and by a woman, Black Panther and Captain Marvel respectively. While I too am glad to see these movies being made I do question how long it took them to get there.

By the time Black Panther comes out it will be Marvel's 16th movie and Captain Marvel will be it's 18th. That means Marvel will have released 15 movies led by white dudes. Don't get me wrong, I've loved their movies and they've had people of colour and good women in those films but that's a long time without trusting such a large demographic of people to lead a movie or TV show themselves. Plus, when you think that it will be another 4 years before those two announced projects actually get released... it doesn't paint the situation in a great light.

Then along comes Peggy Carter...

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Agent Carter gets released in just 3 months on ABC. Hayley Atwell plays the eponymous character and while she will be shadowed by the likes of the original Jarvis and Howard Stark, there is no doubt who this show is about.

Carter was a supporting role in Captain America and was his love interest but considering this show will take place in a time when Captain America is frozen in ice, that relationship will be on metaphorical ice too.

There hasn't been much fanfare surrounding the show so far but expect that to be amped up in the coming weeks and months as we get closer to the show's premier.

Here is a nice snippet of what's to come and I have to say I like what I see. With Marvel's only other female led show Jessica Jones still with no release date, this could be exactly what Marvel's live-action landscape needs right now.