She fought the good fight in the Marvel comics and the Captain America films, now Agent Peggy Carter fights it again on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The badass heroine, played by Hayley Atwell, will be seen in a 1940s-era flashback kicking off the Sept. 23 season premiere of the ABC series — and TV Guide Magazine has the first look!
Back in the day, Carter was an integral member of the S.H.I.E.L.D. prototype group Strategic Scientific Reserve and her path was similar to that of Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who must now rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. from the ground up after the seismic events of last season.
"Coulson is a big student of history and wants to return to those old ideals of Agent Carter's time," says executive producer Jed Whedon. "He's, like, 'Let's be the S.H.I.E.L.D. we were meant to be!' He wants to do the job right this time."
Atwell, who will star in the 2015 spinoff series Marvel's Agent Carter, is joined in the flashback by Kenneth Choi and Neal McDonough, playing their Captain America characters Jim Morita and Dum Dum Dugan, respectively. No word yet if either actor has signed for the Agent Carter series.
Press release for 2.02:
"Heavy is the Head" - Hunted and running out of solutions, Coulson puts his team right in the line of fire in the hopes of saving them all. But with General Talbot, Hydra and Creel all on the attack, can they possibly survive? Meanwhile, a mysterious Doctor (Kyle MacLachlan) harbors some dangerous secrets that could destroy one of our core team members.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrian Pasdar as Brigadier General Glenn Talbot, Ruth Negga as Raina, Henry Simmons as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Wilmer Calderon as Idaho, Kyle MacLachlan as The Doctor, Brian Patrick Wade as Carl Creel, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Carolina Espiro as waitress and Cutter Garcia as bartender.
"Heavy is the Head" was written by Paul Zbyszewski and directed by Jesse Bochco.
Interview with Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen about season two:
You've added a number of new characters to the roster for Season Two since we last spoke. Can you tease some of plans and intentions for some of them? For example, we've of course heard about Adrianne Palicki playing Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird. What do you want to say about that character and that actress at this stage?
Tancharoen: Well, we're very excited to have the beloved character, Mockingbird, on the show. Adrianne Palicki was a perfect fit for the role. She was someone we pictured from the beginning. It's thrilling to have a nice, sort of skilled, sexy spy in the mix. And I think with the handful of characters that we have added to the show, it's just to illustrate what the new S.H.I.E.L.D. may look like. Coulson is operating with limited resources, so he has to bring people into the fold. So it may feel like we're expanding a lot, but really, the people that you will see are basically the people we have at our disposal.
Whedon: We used to be a ragtag group in a huge machine that was churning. Then, they were agents who had support. Now, that we have less, we sort of see all of them. So while our cast is getting bigger, it's actually because S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting smaller, we're using every resource we can.
A character like Mockingbird -- similar to Deathlok last season -- is also a significant marquee character that you guys have been able to get your hands on. Tell me what got you excited about playing with a character that could have easily gone to the cinematic side of the universe?
Whedon: Well, obviously, we all exist in one universe, and if we didn't, we could have any character we wanted. We could kill them and do what we wanted with them. It is nice that we're all in one universe, so when we get something, it does have weight. It does exist in the Cinematic Universe and we're in constant communication with features, and there's a database of what they're using, what they plan to use, what we can and can't use. We just try to carve out our little spot, and Mockingbird's a good example of someone who we can really lean on as a major character.
Tancharoen: Right. And in the Marvel Universe everything is fluid. The show was basically born out of what has been already established in the Cinematic Universe, so as much as we have benefitted from having characters that you've seen in the film[s] appear on our show, there is always a possibility for the reverse. So we do think that all our characters have potential to crossover at some point and there's always that possibility, and Mockingbird is a nice, exciting new character for us to have that does have crossover potential.
Tell me about the fun of being part of that bigger Marvel "War Room." You pulled off such a neat trick with dealing with the repercussions of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." Is that kind of storytelling still in play as Season Two comes along?
Tancharoen: Absolutely. I mean, that's what it means to be in the Marvel family. They're very much about us all being connected. So we're in constant contact with features, and they know what we're doing, and we know what they're doing. We can't say much about that, but it's safe to say it's always respected.
Whedon: We're hoping that they won't release another movie that destroys the organization that our show's based on.
Tancharoen: Yeah [Laughs], that destroys the title of our show.
Whedon: We don't anticipate that happening again, so we're good.
Another recently announced name you guys will be working with is Henry Simmons. Can you talk a little bit about what Henry's going to be doing on the show?
Whedon: He's another new face. He's going to show sort of the -- one of the things that we're doing is that now that all of S.H.I.E.L.D. is sort of under one roof, you see parts of it that you wouldn't necessarily have seen last season. And he represents that. He's a mechanic. He's sort of the hands-on, blue-collar aspect of S.H.I.E.L.D. that we didn't get to see much of last year.
And you've got some known names from the villainous side -- Kraken and the Absorbing Man. Tell me what you've got in mind for your bad guys in Season Two.
Whedon: We will not! We will not tell you a thing! Yes, we have some very fun characters to play with, and as you said, some known actors filling those roles. So we're thrilled with what we've been able to pull off so far, and with the footage coming in, we think the audience will be pleased.
Tancharoen: Either way, I think everyone saw that towards the end of the last season, we were very much living in a serialized version of the show, or just we were diving into serialized aspects of it. And Season Two will be starting with from that point and answering a lot of questions that we queued up through the season and at the end of Season One.
Marvel Comics have given ComicBook.com an exclusive sneak peek at the cover for the first issue of Mark Waid's S.H.I.E.L.D. series -- and it's a doozy.
As you can see above, this represents our first in-universe look at Agents Melinda May, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, who will be part of Coulson's team in the book. Whether the series will feature other TV creations like Skye and Grant Ward isn't yet clear.
"I can’t imagine it would exist without it, but it’s not like it’s some sort of weird adaptation of the show," Waid told us during a recent interview. "It’s a straight-up Marvel Universe S.H.I.E.L.D. series. The great news is, not only do I have all of the Marvel Comics S.H.I.E.L.D. elements to play with, we have the added bonus of being able to introduce the MU versions of May, Fitz and Simmons, and the others."
The series launches in December and will feature a revolving team of artists and one-and-done stories that serve an interconnected broader narrative -- again, not unlike a TV show.
First costume fitting. Handmade hats and buttons imported from Paris. 1946 tailored dresses and suits. So elegant. What a great team x— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) September 9, 2014
And now for the wig fitting pic.twitter.com/d2YjK65pQN— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) September 9, 2014
Costume inspiration pic.twitter.com/TQ1PQkRkX2— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) September 9, 2014
Egg head pic.twitter.com/kZxXWcmAFu— Hayley Atwell (@HayleyAtwell) September 9, 2014