Inspired by the movies Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the series Agent Carter was created by Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus for ABC. The acting showrunners are Chris Dingess, Tara Butters, and Michele Fazekas. Agent Carter is produced by Marvel Television, ABC studios, and F&B Fazekas and Butters. The filming of Agent Carter took place from September 2014 to January 2015 in L.A.. Visual effects were provided by Industrial Light and Magic. On May 8th of 2014 the series was officially ordered and it aired its first season from January 6th, 2015 to February 24th, 2015.
Hayley Atwell, who also starred in the Captain America movies as well as One-Shot, will be continuing to play her Marvel Comics character Peggy Carter. The cast of Agent Carter also includes Shea Whigham as Roger Dooley; James D’Arcy as Edwin Jarvis; Enver Gjokaj as Daniel Sousa; Chad Michael Murray as Jack Thompson; Bridget Regan as Dottie Underwood; Kyle Bornheimer as Ray Krzeminski; Lyndsy Fonseca as Angie Martinelli; Ralph Brown as Johann Fennhoff; Meagan Fay as Miriam Fry; and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark.
Agent Carter takes place in 1946 and the series is named after the main character; Peggy Carter, secretary in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). Howard Stark (Tony Stark’s father) secretly hires Carter to go on missions for him after he is accused of treason. Carter lives in the 40s, a generation where women were not expected to go as far as men, but she stands our from the stigma in Agent Carter. After losing Captain America, the love of her life, Carter finds herself a single woman trying to make a difference. Carter works together with Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis and together they put everything on the line to find the truth and what’s right.
For the most part Agent Carter has received favorable reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 97% approval rating, Metacritic gives it 73%, TV.com gives it 8.8/10 stars and IMDb gives it 8.3/10 stars. Fans love and adore Agent Carter for her strong female role despite living in a period of time that was known to be somewhat oppressive towards women. People call Agent Carter fun and enjoyable. There are multiple reviewers which compare Carter with the Agents of Shield, saying that Carter proves to be the better of the two. Engaging and action-packed, positive reviews pour in giving testimony to what they believe is a quality T.V. series.
Critics argue that Agent Carter is, if anything, sexist, unsophisticated, and lackluster. Some reviews claim that Jarvis is challenging to tolerate and that Howard Stark doesn’t fill the void in the plot which he is intended to. They criticize the advanced technology which doesn’t suit the era, call the acting and the writing poor, and they claim the series is overall boring, childish, and cartoonish. Critics call Agent Carter a “hit and miss,” but there is still a pretty large fanbase and most of the reviews are enthusiastic and positive. Although Agent Carter clearly isn’t for everyone, there are plenty of people who have enjoyed the series.