Admittedly, I was never a big comic book guy growing up. Man am I sorry about that. If I knew that a whole comic book universe really existed like this, I would have dived in headfirst. Which brings me to my latest excursion into the wonderful world of Marvel, Agent Carter. For those of you living under a rock, Peggy Carter is one of the founding members of S.H.I.E.L.D., the sort of world police of the Marvel Universe. In the mini-series double opener, we see Agent Carter (the beautiful and talented Hayley Atwell) reflecting on her past with Captain America in the war and, ultimately losing him. Peggy works at the SSR, the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which was the precursor to the more famous agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. Even though Peggy is an agent, it’s quickly made obvious that she is WAY underappreciated and under used. After all it was the 1940’s and women were still considered just wives and mothers (not that I agree with that archaic thinking). The SSR appears to be very much a “boys club” and Agent Carter is considered little more than a glorified typist/assistant.
When Howard Stark (yes, Tony’s dad) gets accused of misdeeds that he is innocent of, he turns to Peggy because he worked with her and Steve Rogers during the war and he knows her real value. He tasks her with finding out who stole from him some things that could be extremely dangerous. That’s when Agent Carter really kicks it into high gear. With the assistance of Stark’s butler of all people, Peggy sets out to find the bad guys all the while staying one step ahead of her male counterparts.
Visually, the show is pretty great. They recreate the time period brilliantly, while also capturing some of the idiom of radio being the tell all of the time. Particularly with the Captain America radio show that plays in the background portraying the Captain’s girlfriend Peggy as inept and only good for sewing, all the while the real one is kicking asses and taking names. Good stuff there. I’m actually a little sorry that they decided to make this a mini-series; I was looking forward to seeing more.
I have become a big fan of all things comic book-related and you can count Agent Carter as yet another big hit for Marvel.