Hayley Atwell fans rejoice - it looks like Marvel's 'Agent Carter' TV series may be happening at last, following the adventures of the 'Captain America' heroine in the early days of SHIELD.
While there is no official confirmation that the show has a green light just yet, Deadline report that "there is talk that a pickup for 'Agent Carter' may come along with a renewal for Marvel's freshman 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', with the new series possibly serving as a bridge between the fall and spring portions of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'"
An 'Agent Carter' series has been rumoured since autumn 2013, when Marvel's 'One-Shot' short film 'Agent Carter' brought Hayley Atwell back to the role on her first adventure post-World War II, which was featured on the 'Iron Man 3' Blu-ray.
As Deadline mention, it had been hoped that, as the short presented a blueprint of sorts, 'Agent Carter' might "forgo a pilot and go straight to series." Reportedly a script was finished months back, which has been called "great" by ABC's Paul Lee.
If the one-shot is anything to go by, I think we can expect 'Alias' by way of 'Mad Men,' a period piece which sees the SHIELD founder member battling late 1940s sexism as well as super-villainy.
These are exciting days for Marvel on the small screen, as the company also have ambitious plans in motion for four Netflix shows - 'Daredevil,' 'Jessica Jones,' 'Iron Fist' and 'Luke Cage' - building up to crossover mini-series 'The Defenders.'
However, TV also remains a field on which many feel Marvel still have some way to go to prove themselves, given that 'Agents of SHIELD' has not been as great a success as anticipated.
Given that the period setting is a huge part of what makes 'Captain America: the First Avenger' stand apart from the other Marvel movies, it's easy to see there being a particular charm to an 'Agent Carter' show which takes place just a few years later.
And, of course, the return of Hayley Atwell in the role is also a very appealing prospect.
Discussing the matter last year, Marvel's Jeph Loeb compared the combination of the actress, the concept and a great script to "a yummy sandwich." I'll hope I'll be forgiven for noting few of us would dispute that Ms Atwell is indeed very tasty…
As soon as we get word that 'Agent Carter' has an official green light, we'll let you know; in the meantime, we'll just keep hoping that it happens (as well as hoping that season 2 of 'Agents of SHIELD' is a damn sight better than season 1).
please don't be as big of a disappointment as AOS