Caution: This is an “Agent Carter” Review. Spoilers Ahead.

Marvel is at it again with another cinematic title that has so far been just as fun as the rest of the Marvel film and television works. I’m talking, of course, about Marvel’s “Agent Carter”. With Hayley Atwell reprising her role as the title character, Marvel took us back to the 40’s for a cool adventure, which will help bridge the long gap between the first and second half of Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”- the second season of which kicked off with a scene starring Agent Carter herself.

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Peggy Carter is no one new to the MCU. She showed up first in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and appeared again in the Marvel One-Shot, also titled, “Agent Carter.” She’s been a fan favorite character in her role as a strong female who doesn’t take anyone’s crap, standing up for women in an environment where she’s surrounded by chauvinists and misogynists. Her romance with Captain America was probably the best part of “The First Avenger,” and her attitude makes her easily one of the most interesting and fun women to watch in the MCU.

The two-part premiere episode introduced us to Agent Carter’s time period, which was one of the best parts of the show. It is very much a period piece, despite all of the superhero/sci-fi elements. The music, clothing, and matter of speaking all really pull you in to the time period. Part of this is a Captain America radio show, recounting Captain America’s adventures rescuing damsels in distress. These segments upset Agent Carter, demonstrating her love and longing for Steve Rogers. They also show a very interesting reaction from the general public at the loss of the world’s first superhero. It helps to show us a little more of the world which Coulson’s collectible cards come from.

Allied with Carter are Howard Stark and Jarvis, his butler. Jarvis comes equipped with his own skills, helping Carter (despite her insistence that he leave her alone). We also get to see a little more of Howard Stark, who needs Carter to clear his name from allegedly selling weapons to America’s enemies. The trail leads to Roxxon Oil, which has already appeared in Easter Eggs in the Marvel movies and as the corporation responsible for the Deathlok technology in “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” They also might have an association with a group called “Leviathan,” which they seem to be setting up as the major villains for the 8-episode first season.

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With all the flashes and bangs, “Agent Carter” certainly entertains, but what exactly does it mean for the MCU as a whole?

We get to see the development of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Roxxon, which ties in directly to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Seeing Howard Stark and Peggy Carter, the founding members of the spy organization, getting deep into the action that leads to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s development is a treat in and of itself. This also means there’s a lot of potential for tie-ins. I’d like to see more of Stark’s relationship with Venko, the father of Whiplash. We’ll probably see some more of Dum Dum Dugan and the other Howling Commandoes. It could also be cool to see Hank Pym as Ant-Man or the start of Nick Fury’s career… though that would have to be a few seasons down the road for the timeline to work out.

This first episode was entertaining, and was a good start to this first season. However, it wasn’t mindblowing. It was as good as anything Marvel puts out, but it’s not one of their better titles. There absolutely time for them to prove that “Agent Carter” deserves a full season of it’s own, but it will all depend on the reception of the remaining 6 episodes. With one quarter of the first plot-arch down, we should be seeing a lot of action in the upcoming weeks.

– Cool to see Peggy back in action!
– The time period is really well done.
– Origins of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
– Potential for filling in some blanks between “Captain America” and “Iron Man”

– Not a particularly action-packed episode.
– Sometimes, the high-tech graphics and weapons can distract from the time period.

Overall: 8/10

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What did you think?  Is “Agent Carter” good enough to stay?  What questions do you hope the show answers?

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