After yesterday’s news that Hayley Atwell would reprise her role as Agent Carter in Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., the question that immediately sprung to mind was how? Her youthful self appeared in the first Captain America flick, but then the actress returned for the sequel all kitted out with a face full of prosthetics to play an elderly Carter.
Today, TV Guide has answered that question: she’ll be kickin’ butt back in the 1940s. The season opener, entitled “Shadows,” is set to follow on directly from the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Agent Coulson and co. are now wanted following on from the explosive ending of Cap’s last adventure. Now, that timeline certainly happens in the present – so where will Peggy Carter fit in? In a series of flashbacks, of course. Presumably to draw parallels between her and Coulson, as TV Guide makes the comparison:
“Carter was an integral member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. prototype group Strategic Scientific Reserve and her path was similar to that of Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who must now rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up after the seismic events of last season.”
Her appearance will segue nicely into her standalone series, Agent Carter, set to debut sometime in 2015. The show will delve deeper into Carter’s personal struggles, investigating her mundane activities twinned with her involvement with Howard Stark. Another branch of the Marvel Universe begins to expand!
You can check out the first image of Atwell striking a pose, and the premiere episode synopsis below. Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC On September 23rd.
Coulson and his team are now wanted fugitives with limited resources–but that’s not stopping them from keeping the world safe from powerful and unseen threats everywhere. However, with new members they hardly know, will S.H.I.E.L.D. ever be trusted again? Watch “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” on the ABC Television Network.Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Nick Blood as Agent Lance Hunter, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Patton Oswalt as Agent Billy Koenig, Lucy Lawless as Isabelle “Izzy” Hartley, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Matthew Glave as Roger Browning, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, George Stephanopoulos as self, Raquel Gardner as Carla Talbot, Ben Turner Nixon as Hydra Officer, Franco Vega as Military Leader, Rich Ceraulo as Soldier #1, and JB Tadena as Private Tilden.