We need a new Agent Carter series now more than ever


Fans have been begging for a third season of Agent Carter for three years. Officials say it isn’t going to happen, but we’re not taking no for an answer.

Just when we were finally starting to find closure in Agent Carter‘s untimely end (“It’s Been a Long, Long Time” starts playing, you’re sobbing, you rewatch Endgame for the fifteenth time just to see the ending), rumors surfaced that Agent Carter herself might appear in the seventh and final season of Agents of SHIELD.

How this could happen is still unclear. But one thing’s for sure: Simply adding her to the cast of a beloved Marvel show — one that’s officially coming to a definite end — is not enough.

We need more Peggy Carter in our lives. And by that we mean we need an entirely new show with Carter at the center.

We know, we know, there’s already BEEN an Agent Carter series. But ABC thought canceling it and putting Hayley Atwell in something that wasn’t a Marvel show would make them more money. They were wrong. It didn’t.

Agent Carter deserved better than that. She deserves her own show again, even if it’s completely different from the original.

Hey, we’re not saying we should pretend the two seasons of Peggy Carter magic ABC blessed us with in 2015-16 never happened. The show just didn’t quite hit the highlights of her S.H.I.E.L.D. career that we really wanted to see. So now that Disney+ is a soon-to-be thing … let’s try this again.

(They’ve said they won’t do it — it’s “too expensive.” But you know what’s not too expensive? Dreaming of what could be.)

Let’s see a love story that will last

OK, let’s be clear: Our girl Peggy doesn’t NEED a man to complete her. Not every strong female character, especially in the Marvelverse, needs a romantic interest.

But hasn’t she been through enough? Doesn’t she deserve love? In some alternate universe we know she gets the happy ending she deserves.

But after losing the love of your life, you deserve to be happy in any and all strands of the multiverse.

We know Peggy eventually marries an army vet and they have kids and it’s wonderful, but that had to bring up plenty of painful memories for her. This is the kind of drama the people WANT.

Show us more of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s early days

It’s through her work with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) that Peggy and Steve Rogers first met, and though he would go on to lie frozen for decades, we know she helped Howard Stark start S.H.I.E.L.D. and even served as its director at one point.

She did okay. Even without her Captain.

But we never got to see, on-screen, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s early beginnings. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has given us plenty of insight into what the organization looks like now, but clearly the S.H.I.E.L.D. of the 1950s had a long road ahead of it. Show us the evolution!

But also give us that teased supervillain twist

If you still haven’t recovered from that flashback where Peggy finds out her brother has died fighting in the war, don’t worry — neither have we.

As you may have guessed, the show’s writers weren’t done with that storyline. Season 3 was supposed to show more of how her brother helped shape her into the badass she is today. But there may have been a twist.

Apparently they planned to reveal that Carter’s brother was actually still alive … and maybe a supervillain? Yeah, we’re all in. Take all my money. Make this happen.

Let Hayley Atwell SHINE

In order for a self-titled series to rise from the ashes, it sort of needs its lead back on board. Good thing Hayley Atwell has apparently been open to more Agent Carter since the show’s devastating cancellation — even if she hasn’t always been sure how it would work.

The idea of returning to the MCU has seemed intimidating to her in the past. But if the rumors are true and this founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to make an appearance on the small screen once again, clearly she’s set her worries aside.

Please, put Hayley Atwell in all the things. But especially all the Agent Carter related things. Thank you.

Agent Carter was popular for many reasons. But at the time, female-driven Marvel superhero movies and series hadn’t happened yet. Captain Marvel and Mighty Thor had yet to make their big-screen debuts. Carter was the “I can take care of myself thank you very much” hero we needed.

And we still need her. Desperately. I don’t know about you, but I would take a streaming exclusive lower-budget revival or reboot over nothing at all.

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Would you watch a new Agent Carter series on Disney+? What would you want to see?