Agent Carter

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

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Sif / Peggy Carter

S.H.I.E.L.D. is getting a visit from a big-screen superhero for the very first time. Marvel announced at ABC’s TCA winter press tour that Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Thor’s warrior buddy from both of his standalone films, will be making an appearance on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the near future.

This won’t be the TV show’s first run-in with Asgard. The season’s eighth episode, titled “The Well,” was timed to coincide (roughly) with the release of Thor: The Dark World, and centered on the aftermath of events seen in the film. It happens that Alexander’s guest spot also doubles as Thor: The Dark World promotion — the DVD/Blu-ray hits shelves February 25.

Plot specifics are being kept under wraps for now, of course. Marvel would say only that Sif would drop down to Earth from Asgard “with a very specific mission.” Lady Sif’s visit is being shot right now, and will air as the 15th episode of the season. [Screen Crush]

After the jump, Marvel’s new TV project Agent Carter picks up a couple of writers.

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The short film Item 47, an extra on The Avengers Blu-ray, became the ABC series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, the short film Agent Carter, an extra on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray, could follow the same trajectory. Deadline is reporting Agent Carter is very early development as a possible ABC TV series.

The move makes a sense on numerous levels. Marvel executives have been very clear that: A) They want to work more with Hayley Atwell. B) They want to develop more female superhero content and C) They want to continue the Marvel Universe both on the big and small screen. Read More »

Sackhoff Atwell

After several male dominated films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more attention is turning to women. Besides the inclusion of Scarlet Witch in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel director/producer Louis D’Esposito was recently quoted saying the company wants to make a female lead superhero movie. He even offered up the character Captain Marvel as a possibility.

So who could play a role like that? Well someone at Marvel must really like the cast of Riddick. Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel were both cast in Guardians of the Galaxy and now it’s come out that Marvel has had discussions with Katee Sackhoff. The Riddick and Battlestar Galactica star revealed as much on a recent podcast, stating Marvel inquired about her availability during the first quarter of 2014.

D’Esposito also revealed one of their already strong female heroes, Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter, would certainly return. Read More »

Hayley Atwell

Kenneth Branagh directed Thor, not Captain America: The First Avenger, but it seems he liked what he saw in one of Steve Rogers’ pals. Hayley Atwell, best known for playing Peggy Carter in the Marvel flick, has boarded the cast of Branagh’s Cinderella.

The Brit actress joins a promising cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham CarterRichard Madden (Game of Thrones), and Lily James (Downton Abbey). Hit the jump to find out exactly how Atwell fits in.

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Poor Captain America never saw his lady love again, but we’re about to. As it turns out, even after her superpowered boyfriend plunged into the Arctic Ocean, Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) kept fighting the good fight with the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), the precursor to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel’s new short Agent Carter picks up a year after the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, following the SSR analyst on her quest to find the mysterious “Zodiac.” In advance of the film’s premiere at Comic-Con, Marvel has revealed a new poster and a trio of images. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

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Did James Gunn post a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy production offices? Were there secrets in the trailer for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and was that Luke Cage in the footage? Has the director of Kick-Ass 2 finished the film? Have more detailed leaked on the Peggy Carter Marvel One-Shot? Exactly how long is Man of Steel? Want to see some new concept art from Iron Man 3? Was Hitler happy with Iron Man 3? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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The second Captain America film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, is currently in production. With that production announcement came the surprising reveal that Hayley Atwell would be returning. In the first film, Atwell played Peggy Carter, a kickass soldier and the love interest of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), but after he was frozen for several decades that ship seemingly sailed for the superhero. How exactly she’ll return in the modern-day sequel, whether it be as an older woman (as revealed in The Avengers deleted scene) or in some kind of flashback, has yet to be determined. The actress recently suggested she’ll reprise the role even sooner than that.

In a new interview, Atwell said she filmed something as Peggy that might be shown at San Diego Comic-Con. Read her quote below. Read More »

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