So who else got a look at Marvel’s newest TV hit sensation Agent Carter of SHIELD?! Your resident comic book geek here truly LOVED IT and this is what I have to say about the debut show! Just how does it stack up to Agents of SHIELD?
The first thing you will notice about Agent Carter is that we are obviously taking place from the point in Marvel cinematic universe history after Captain America’s 1940’s post WWII era. With the brilliant mix of the current TV show and clips from the CA: First Avenger movie the show has no problem seamlessly fitting into the Marvel cinematic Universe.
We catch up with Ms. Peggy Carter back in the good ol U.S. of A. working the mean streets of 1946 Brooklyn once again. This time grieving for the loss of the great American icon Steve Rodgers, Captain America, after the plane crash into the Atlantic. Howard Stark is being persecuted from Capital Hill and is being accused of selling weapons to both sides of the war. Agent Carter must play secret double agent for the newly formed SHIELD and hide her secret identity from all civilians she knows to protect them. Not only that but now Carter has found herself mixed up with her department trying to find Howard Stark the fugitive and testing her loyalties to a good friend. Stark finds her instead with the aid of his faithful servant Jarvis who will become Peggy Carter’s most helpful ally if she wants it or not.
Easter Eggs: When Howard Stark is shown on the black and white TV as he’s being attacked by the members of congress. This is a nod to Tony Stark and his memorable defiant encounter with congress where he makes a mockery of the court in Iron Man II
Easter Egg: Jarvis, the faithful servant of Howard Stark in the Agent Carter TV show, is the person based on Tony Stark’s smart computer in his Iron Man helmet, wrist watch and home. The comic book’s Jarvis was originally the Avengers’ and Stark’s butler at Avengers Mansion.
The show to me was a lot of fun and I did feel it being a true extension of the first Captain America movie. The movie clip nods were a great touch but sadly like Agents of SHIELD, it looks like they will only use the movie clips in the pilot episodes. Great while it lasted and I wish they would add more movie clips into the TV shows. There will be small hints from time to time highlighting the fact both TV and movies do intertwine. The one that had me all jumping in my seat was the very subtle but clever way they included one of Captains America’s nemesis from the movies, Arnim Zola!!
Easter Egg: With the cunning way they used the glowing green light of the hotel neon sign and the unmistakable theme sounds from the movie, a simple typewriter from the 40’s turns into a menacing villain known as Arnim Zola!! The evil scientist mastermind left without a body, who now controls Hydra deep within SHIELD, as seen in both Captain America movies.
This show is definitely on my DVR list now and I eagerly await the next episodes. I hope they keep making us comic book and movie geeks happy with all the Easter eggs and direct ties to the comics and movies. I don’t see any reason why this show will not be a hit with everyone especially girls who love to watch a female kick all sorts of ass!! Us guys don’t mind Agent Peggy Carter, she is one FINE agent indeed!! With loads of action and plenty of spy intrigue all lead by one fantastic actress, Agent Carter is looking to be an instant hit bigger than Agents of SHIELD in my estimates
Agent Carter airs Tuesday’s at 8 cst