Thursday, January 8, 2015

Marvel's Agent Carter

The first 2 episodes were a lot of fun. I saw a comment on Reddit that puts Agent Carter as James Bond meets Alias meets Mad Men. James Bond with the secret agent with gadgets, Alias with the kick-ass female spy, and Mad Men with the period (even though Agent Carter is technically set two decades earlier than Mad Men). I happen to like all three of these things, and I am definitely liking Agent Carter very much so far.

The show is set right after Captain America: The First Avenger, and I believe it will end at the "Agent Carter" Marvel One-Shot. It's 1946; World War II has just ended and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is still grieving over the loss of Steve Rogers. Peggy, seemingly the only female agent at the SSR, was getting tired of being pushed towards administrative work instead of being allowed more prominent duties. In comes old pal Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper), who was being suspected as a traitor. He enlisted Peggy's help to clear his name, running secret missions from within the SSR. Howard loaned Peggy his personal, faithful butler in Edwin Jarvis (James D'Arcy) to help her.

Of course, with a Marvel Cinematic Universe show, they must throw references around. I mean, the first episode started with clips from The First Avenger, and it never stops. My favorite is definitely Dominic Cooper's Howard Stark, and how Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony is pretty much the same as Howard, whether he likes it or not. I guess, in reality, it's Cooper who based his performance on RDJ's, but it's still amazing to see two very different, but very similar performances. The scene of Howard joking around in front of the Congress made me want to rewatch Iron Man. Love the snarky Starks.

Jarvis, who's the inspiration behind Tony's AI that powers everything J.A.R.V.I.S., is also full of snark. I really would love to see Jarvis meet J.A.R.V.I.S. and see how they would react to each other. At the end of the first episode, Jarvis was on the phone with Howard, and it was revealed that they were keeping a secret from Peggy. The one theory I like, and it seems very plausible, is that it wasn't anything bad like the scene made it seem like. Instead, they were just talking about the possibility of appointing Peggy as the first Director of SHIELD. As I've mentioned earlier, the season is set up to the One-Shot, which is when Howard invited Peggy to run SHIELD. Hopefully, this means that season 2 will feature more of Howard Stark! And lots and lots of Peggy-Jarvis action, because I love their relationship.

Speaking of Jarvis, I find it interesting that James D'Arcy stars in the only two shows that I'm currently following weekly: Agent Carter and Broadchurch.

Ant-Man

During the two-episode premiere of Agent Carter, Marvel released the first teaser of Ant-Man. I like that they acknowledged that "Ant-Man" is a funny name. But of course they did, it's a very Marvel thing to do! I'm very excited about this movie –– then again I'm always excited by everything MCU.

They've also released the first poster. Again, I like how they're promoting this film so far.

Daredevil

The first of the Netflix Defenders series, Daredevil, has a release date: April 10th. I haven't been following the news for the series, but I'm definitely watching. If I could find a Netflix account to borrow.

I have to say, I love how much Marvel material we're getting right now. We start the year with the wonderful Agent Carter, right after which Agents of SHIELD will return for the second half of the amazing season 2 until May. In the meantime, we'll get the Netflix episodes-dump in April, which means we'll get about a month to binge-watch all 13 episodes before Avengers: Age of Ultron come to theaters. Ant-Man follows soon, and shortly after that season 3 of Agents of SHIELD, if it were to happen, would start. The second Netflix series, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, is also set to be released some time this year, but they haven't announced the date. #itsallconnected