Exclusive interview with "Agent Carter" producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas


At the ABC party for the Television Critics Association, I got to sit down with Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, who are producing “Marvel’s Agent Carter” for Marvel Entertainment. Hayley Atwell will return as Peggy Carter in the eight-episode series set after Captain America: The First Avenger but long before “The Winter Soldier” or “Avengers” movies.

Fazekas and Butters are already working for ABC on “Resurrection,” which will return for a second season as well. While I had to assure them I knew how to tread lightly in Marvel territory, it was interesting to learn details about just how secure Marvel actually is!

SuperHeroHype: Did this show come out of the Marvel One-Shots?

Tara Butters: Yes.

Michele Fazekas: Our understanding was that Bob Iger saw it, and much like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” the year prior which also came from the DVD short Item 47, “Agent Carter” was off of the short on the Iron Man 3 DVD.

SHH: How much did you inherit from the One-Shot and Captain America: The First Avenger?

Fazekas: I will say, the nice thing about “Agent Carter” being set in the ‘40s is it predates a lot of the Marvel universe. As you know, the guys who wrote “Captain America” 1, 2 and are now writing 3, wrote the pilot. So they know that universe very well. So I don’t feel like we’re hamstrung by anything. I think there’s a lot of room to play and a lot of room to be creative with the story.

Butters: And also, it allows us, the movies were such a wonderful set up for the series. There is definitely something to draw on from “Captain America” 1 and 2, and hopefully that there are characters and people that are set up there that we’ll hopefully see in our universe. I think that she’s such a wonderful character. She’s strong, she’s independent, but she’s in a world where, after the war, strong and independent woman isn’t what people want. So I think there’s a fun emotional story that we get to play with in the series.

SHH: Have you by any chance been given a range of dates, like you’re golden between 1944 and 1954, but don’t go past this particular year?

We do have parameters.

Butters: We’re starting after the war.

Fazekas: There is an end point to the series. That’s all I can say.


SHH: Is anyone else besides Hayley confirmed?

Fazekas: We’ve hired our writing staff. Markus and McFeely, who wrote the pilot, will be on the show as much as they can be. They’ll be working on Captain America 3 as well so we’ll take them as much as we can get ‘em. They’re great guys. We have a great writing staff that we’ve worked with before on different shows, people that we never worked with before. Chris Dingess, who’s another executive producer who we worked with on “Reaper,” but directors and actors, we’re still in the process of making those deals.

SHH: Are you in the process of binging on classic Marvel comic books?

Butters: Oh yeah, I just finished “Winter Soldier” by Ed Brubaker.

All the “Captain America” movies came from the Ed Brubaker universe of comics. So it’s binging on those, it’s binging on all the Marvel movies. Iron Man, The Avengers, all the “Captain Americas.” Even if we don’t ever directly touch on it, it’s just good to have in your head.

SHH: Where are you shooting “Agent Carter?”

Fazekas: L.A.


SHH: Has working with Marvel been good practice for keeping secrets on your other shows?

Butters: [Laughs]

Fazekas: It is a whole new level of secrets.

Read the rest at the source

-The screenwriters for Cap 1 and Cap 2 are writing the pilot and many of the episodes
-There "is an end point" to the series
-They want more Dum Dum Dugan
-They are binging on Ed Brubaker's Captain America books
-Filming starts in September, will be in L.A.
-Marvel has snipers and endless keycards for security like the Shin-Ra building in FF7