Though most critics and fans seemed to enjoy Marvel and ABC’s Agent Carter, the network decided not to pick the show up for a third season because of waning viewing figures. At the time, there was speculation that Netflix might decide to add Agent Carter to their stable of Marvel TV shows, and it turns out there was some truth to that – though they ultimately declined.
During today’s TCA, Netflix boss Ted Sarandos explained the network’s decision:
We’re looking for truly original brands to own, and in that Marvel space we already have [original comic book shows] – so that was mostly why. They also have some output deal complexities. So when you pick it up, being able to pick it up globally is difficult even after it’s canceled. Some of those output partners still had it on the air, so they would argue its covered by their output [deals]. Unfortunately, it was a business decision more than a creative one.
So, there you have it. Is this the final nail in Agent Carter‘s coffin? Well, the older version of the character was recently given a touching swan song in Captain America: Civil War, so you might say the timing is just right. Then again, season 2 of the show ended on a cliffhanger that viewers are desperate to see resolved, and Hayley Atwell’s legions of fans are dying to see her back in action.
For now, though, the most we can look forward to is probably a Marvel One-Shot or a spinoff comic series.
Tell us, would you liked to have seen a third season of Agent Carter, or were you not that pushed on the show anyway?