"Agent Carter" to premiere in January, plus four characters we hope to see

Get ready for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Golden Age, because the 1940s-set "Agent Carter" is coming to ABC this winter!

Described by Paul Lee, the president of ABC Entertainment Group, as an "origin story for SHIELD," it seems only fitting that Agent Carter will fill the void left by Marvel's Agents of SHIELD when it breaks for a winter hiatus. Starting in January, Marvel fans will get a chance to see Carter kick some butt on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.


Thanks to the new series' status as a period piece, the entire world of 1940s Marvel will finally be able to be mined for adaptation, meaning we might finally get to see more of characters whose stories have most likely ended in the modern MCU. Considering all of the Golden Age heroes were either originally published way back in the '40s or inserted there thanks to later flashback stories, there are a lot of characters that could pop up in the show's opening credits. Here are six four characters we hope to see fighting alongside Agent Carter.

Gabe Jones


Dum Dum Dugan isn’t the only Howling Commando we want to see in "Agent Carter." Gabe Jones, played by Derek Luke in "Captain America: The First Avenger," would be a welcome addition to the new show. According to "Agent Carter's" summary, the show will tackle the sexism of 1946 America head-on, and we think it'd be smart for the show to champion the efforts made by African Americans as well as women during World War II. Plus, putting any of the Howling Commandos -- whether it's Dum Dum, Gabe or others -- in the cast connects the show to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," where Agent "grandson of a Howling Commando" Triplett's been kicking ass lately.

Betsy Ross


As the Golden Age version of the hero appropriately named Golden Girl, Betsy Ross has numerous ties to the Marvel Universe that could be explored to rich effect on "Agent Carter." As a member of both the FBI and Women's Auxiliary Army Corps during the 1940s, Ross seems like she would have a lot in common with Peggy Carter. In the comics, she took on the name Golden Girl and wore a bulletproof cape while serving as Captain America's sidekick. If her last name sounds familiar, that's because she's since been retconned into being General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross' aunt, a fact that would help further tie "The Incredible Hulk" into the larger MCU.

The Falsworth Siblings


He's a gay man that's basically Britain's equivalent of Captain America and she's a take-charge heroine with vampire powers. There are no two characters more ready to be embraced by the Internet than Brian and Jacqueline Falsworth. As Union Jack and Spitfire, this brother and sister combo would add some international flair to "Agent Carter" and provide the show with a super hero twist; his super strength and her super speed can easily be accomplished on the small screen. And with Victoria Hand having exited "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." before coming out to the viewing audience, the MCU desperately needs its first gay hero. Let it be Union Jack.

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omg I didn't realize I needed Union Jack and Spitfire till just now.