In the beginning Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season Two, we were given a bit more of Peggy Carter, the dame who caught our hearts in Captain America: The First Avenger.  Though perhaps not as vital to the current shape of the MCU, we know that Peggy’s actions eventually lead to the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. This first 8-Episode season is the first step in the process of creating S.H.I.E.L.D. as we knew it to be before the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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The Comic Book Inspiration for Marvel’s Agent Carter

Peggy Carter was first introduced as the love of Steve Rogers’ life in Tales of Suspense #77.  Just as in the comics, Peggy is an agent, however, the TV show presents her as an agent of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which made Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger.  The character of the comic is most often portrayed in WWII flashbacks, so we’re seeing something different in this show.


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Review of Marvel’s Agent Carter

Agent Carter functioned very well as a period piece set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The 1940’s feel was very prevalent throughout the 8 episodes.  Peggy was mistreated by her male superiors, and had to prove her worth time and time again to be taken seriously.  The traditional values were taken to an extreme in a women’s home.  Listening to Captain America radio shows is the norm.  The focus on setting was great.

Peggy has always been a great character, and getting to explore her in greater depth through the series helps to show us a tormented, but strong woman who overcomes heartbreak and other odds.  Her fellow agents are portrayed very well, but mostly fill in a general stock character of the chauvinist.  Howard Stark is fun, but barely shows up.  Jarvis was a pleasant surprise, and provided quite a bit of comedy.

As far as the plot of the show went, we got to watch Agent Carter betray the SSR to help prove that Howard Stark wasn’t an enemy of the state.  It turns out that his technology was stolen by Leviathan, who seems to be something of a HYDRA spin-off.  A character based on Doctor Faustus is involved, as is a sleeper agent in the women’s home. Ultimately, Agent Carter saves the day and proves Howard’s innocence, earning the respect of her fellow workers.  It is a satisfying plot, and the characters, particularly Carter, really keep you on their side, rooting for them throughout.  There are some painfully heartfelt moments, and you can really see how much Captain America’s death affected Peggy and Howard.


The action in the series is also pretty exciting- way moreso than I had expected!  There was a great balance of sci-fi technology, and a few cool nods to the rest of the MCU- like Steve Rogers’ blood.  This series actually helps explain why there aren’t any more samples of Steve’s blood or the serum that made him into Cap.

All in all, it’s a great show and a heck of a lot of fun.  At only 8 episodes, it’s also a pretty quick watch right now!

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The Stan Leo Cameo in Agent Carter

Stan Lee gets his shoes shined in episode 04: “The Blitzkrieg Button”!

Agent Carter’s Impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The biggest impact this short series has had as of now is getting rid of Steve’s blood.  It also showed us where Tony may have gotten the name “Jarvis” from for his AI.  Leviathan was introduced, which may be giving us another organization to be on the lookout for.  We should be seeing the founding of S.H.I.E.L.D. sometime soon too.

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Episode Guide to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2

  • Now is Not the End’ – Carter, working for the SSR, is recruited by Howard Stark to clear his name.  She tracks down one of his weapons to Roxxon Oil Refinery, but cannot stop it from going off and one man from escaping.
  • Bridge and Tunnel‘– Carter tracks down the person who has the bombs, killing him and learning of Leviathan.  Carter’s license plate from the first episode is found by her SSR coworkers.
  • Time and Tide’ – Carter botches an interrogation to help Jarvis evade the SSR.  She finds the tech on a ship.  An assassin kills the only witness.
  • The Blitzkrieg Button’ – Stark makes Carter find “The Blitzkrieg Button”, which he claims is a powerful weapon.  It is actually Steve Rogers’ Blood.
  • The Iron Ceiling‘ – Carter and the Howling Commandos investigate a Soviet Facility where the Stark weapons are supposed to be sold.  They discover a training center for Leviathan sleeper agents and an old doctor.
  • A Sin to Err’ – Carter is discovered, the doctor turns out to be a Leviathan hypnotism specialist, and the SSR begins to crumble.
  • Snafu’ –Leviathan’s plan is tested in a cinema and causes mass death.  Dooley is killed by a piece of unstable Stark tech that he is trapped in.
  • Valediction’ – Carter and Stark manage to prevent Leviathan from killing New York City with the stolen Stark tech, and clear Stark’s name.

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