When Marvel‘s Agent Carter premiered in 2015, it was a breath of fresh air. While the Marvel films and TV shows have each filled their niche, there was a hole in the universe that Peggy Carter seemed to fill just perfectly.
Agent Carter stars Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, who works for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) in 1940s New York City. Throughout Season 1, Peggy showed that not only could she keep up with the guys, but she is actually a better spy than most of them. She tracks down Howard Stark‘s missing inventions and saves the day. As Season 2 began, Agent Carter moved west and settled in 1940’s Los Angeles. So why should you be watching Agent Carter Season 2? There are hundreds of reasons, but here is how it all ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe you might’ve heard about.
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One of the coolest parts of Agent Carter is watching the characters of Howard Stark, Peggy Carter, and Edwin Jarvis interact. Not only are they hilarious, but each plays an important part in the Marvel universe. Older Howard Stark plays a prominent role in Tony‘s ability to save himself in Iron Man 2, along with mentions in both Avengers and Captain America movies. So, he’s pretty important. Plus, there’s the obvious connection of fathering Iron Man himself.
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Peggy Carter appears in both Captain America films and is also rumored to make some sort of appearance in Captain America: Civil War. I mean, she was on set at least! Her relationship with Steve Rogers isn’t a focus of Season 2 but seems to always be in the back of her mind. She’s clearly very good friends with Howard Stark, but how that friendship impacts her relationship with Tony, we don’t know 100 percent yet. Although, they’d be just the most snarky to each other I’m sure.
Edwin Jarvis is Howard Stark’s trusted butler, but also helps Peggy when she gets in a bind. Of course, Jarvis ultimately is the namesake for Tony Stark’s U.I. system that runs Stark mansion and the Iron Man suits. So yeah, he’s pretty important too.
The Dark Matter
In Season 2 of Agent Carter, an unidentified form of radiation ultimately named Zero Matter by the team makes an appearance on the scene. Turns out, this Zero Matter has tie-ins to both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Doctor Strange film. In Season 2, actress Whitney Frost attempts to steal the Zero Matter from Isodyne Energy where it was being stored, but after running into Peggy, accidentally breaks the container and infects herself with Darkforce energy.
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Agent Carter manages to do everything above and even give insight into some other Marvel characters along the way. Villain Dottie Underwood, who we first met as a spy in Season 1, appeared to be trained somewhere similar to the red room, much like Natasha Romanoff. Dottie’s experience training as a spy does help us understand the motivations of Natasha a bit better. In Avengers: Age of Ultron we saw a little bit of Black Widow‘s backstory, but check out the recent YA novel Black Widow Forever Red for even more.
Also, watching young Howard Stark we can’t help but compare him to the current Tony Stark we know and love. Maybe Howard and Tony are much more similar than they appeared in some of the Iron Man films?
Agent Carter is a must-watch for any Marvel fan. The actions of Peggy and the SSR directly impact the world of the films being released currently. It couldn’t hurt to get a little more intel on our beloved characters either. And hey, you might just enjoy yourself!
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