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Marvel's 'Agent Carter' TV Series Is Quietly Coming Together, While 'Agents of SHIELD' Stunt Casts Thor's Lady Syf

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 17, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 17, 2014 |

It had been mostly very loud rumors, but it does appear that — after the popularity of the Agent Carter One-Shot on The Iron Man 3 Blu Ray — ABC is moving ahead with an Agent Carter series, and Hayley Atwell will indeed play the title character on the show. Details are still scarce (it’s Marvel after all), but Deadline has learned that they’ve brought aboard Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas to run the show, and Captain America duo Captain America” duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have apparently written the pilot. The choice of showrunners at leasts suggests that the series will have a comedic vein, and with Agents of SHIELD fading with both viewers and critics, Marvel can’t move fast enough to fill Marvel’s television vacuum before their Netflix series arrive in 2015. Marvel can’t dominate the marketplace if they don’t have a successful series on the air.

Agent Carter would chronicle Peggy Carter’s life as a budding secret agent after her boyfriend, Captain America, is stranded in ice. Presumably, the series would begin airing in the fall.

Related: Agents of SHIELD, in an effort to bolster those faltering ratings, is bringing in Jamie Alexander to reprise her Lady Syf character from Thor, according to TVLine. If its anything like the previous stunt casting on the show, it will be scant and provide only a small, short term boost to the series, which has to be concerned now about a second-season renewal, given what must be a fairly expensive production.

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