The persistent rumors that Marvel would be spinning off “Captain America” character Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) from a One-Shot on the “Iron Man 3” DVD into a full-length series got a shot in the arm Friday (January 17) with the news that the show may already have a writing team onboard.
Though Atwell has only appeared as the World War II-era girlfriend of Chris Evans’ Captain America twice — once in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and then in the aforementioned Marvel One-Shot — she’s been a fan favorite in both of her appearances. Along with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” an “Agent Carter” series has consistently popped up as a possibility on the rumor radars. In fact, the always reliable British press reported Atwell was moving to Los Angeles to begin filming earlier this month.
Now though, rumors have moved from the gossip pages to a somewhat more legit outlet. As Deadline has revealed, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas will be writing/executive producing the project. If you don’t know Butters and Fazekas, don’t worry, they’re not exactly household names.
However, the pair’s geek-cred goes pretty deep: most recently they’ve worked on ABC’s much-hyped “Resurrection,” which premieres later this year; co-created the cult hit “Reaper”; and perhaps most importantly worked extensively on Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse.” This last bit is probably the one that gives the most credence to this latest rumor, given Whedon’s overseer role in the Marvel Universe and hiring of fellow Whedon alum Drew Goddard to oversee Netflix’s “Daredevil.”
A word of caution: so far, none of this has been confirmed by Marvel. We don’t know that Atwell is ready to film, there are writers onboard, or a series is even a go. Is it even possible that Marvel could somehow be quietly pulling a Beyoncé and stockpiling episodes to release in some sort of instant fix on their own? Or is this going to a network? And if so, how will “Agent Carter” connect (or not) with the rapidly developing Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Stay tuned for answers, as this one seems to be speeding toward something official.