Hayley Atwell, the star of multiple Marvel movies as well as her own shortlived TV show, Agent Carter, has been filming something for Disney.
Nobody knows what she’s been doing, but it involves some king of CGI, as her dotted face in a recent Instagram post suggests.
A post shared by Hayley Atwell (@wellhayley) on
Naturally, fans have assumed that Atwell may well be appearing in Avengers 4, the thus-far untitled follow-up to Infinity War that we’ll be seeing next year. Avengers 4 is currently filming, and it makes sense to get back one of the MCU’s most pivotal background characters for yet another big screen appearance.
This would be fantastic news for fans of the character, of course, but while Atwell is in the building, here’s hoping she had the opportunity to make puppydog eyes at some of Marvel’s Higher Ups.
If there’s one thing we desperately need, it’s more Agent Carter.
It’s no secret that Marvel’s television department is struggling somewhat at present. Even the Netflix shows, previously held-up as a gold standard of grimy, violent comic book television, have slipped somewhat in viewers’ estimations.
Luke Cage and Daredevil season two were fine. Nothing to write home about, not as good as the first season of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but not altogether unwatchable.
Then, came Iron Fist, the show that essentially broke the Netflix MCU. Abysmally bad choreography, scripting, and acting, this show failed to connect with audiences on every conceivable level. What’s more, it turns out that Marvel had really expected the show to be a hit, having based the plot for The Defenders team-up show around Danny Rand’s personal journey and backstory.
This is the Marvel/Netflix equivalent of making an entire Star Wars movie exploring Jar Jar Binks’ origin, with Darth Vader, Obi Wan Kenobi, and even Yoda taking a back-seat while everyone’s least favorite character takes center stage for a series of pratfalls.
Seriously – not to give too much away, but at one point, the plot moves forward in The Defenders because Danny Rand accidentally punches something he wasn’t supposed to. It’s that dumb.
The viewing figures for The Defenders are lower than the numbers for every other Marvel Netflix show. This was not exactly the Avengers-level hit the studio was hoping for.
By that point, though, it was too late to stop the further plans that were already building from the assumption that the adventures of Danny Rand would be a big deal. Iron Fist showrunner Scott Buck had been promoted, being put in charge of the IMAX/ABC hybrid show Inhumans.
This is not exactly going well. It’d be cruel to delve too deeply into the fan reaction to Inhumans thus far, but let’s just say that Scott Buck probably isn’t going to be working on anything else with Marvel for a long, long, long, long time.
The same goes for all the actors on Inhumans. They won’t be showing up ever again after their show airs.
We’re currently at the lowest point in Marvel’s live-action history thus far. The TV shows have dropped in quality so spectacularly that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has gone from being a bit of an embarrassment to being the best thing that Marvel TV has in its roster. That’s actually pretty impressive – well done Maurisa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon for fixing a very broken show!
It’s just a shame that Marvel made the foolish decision to cancel Agent Carter in the first place. The show was never really given a chance, with ABC failing to promote it with any of the same force that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. received.
In spite of this, the show earned itself a cult fanbase with ease. Where Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. initially struggled to make its characters interesting, Agent Carter was peppered with unique and engaging characters right from the start that really made the show work in a way that many of Marvel’s other TV properties have failed.
Fans of the MCU already know Hayley Atwell’s titular character at the start of the show, and the show’s incarnation of Howard Stark is also familiar to those who remember the first Captain America movie.
Then, the show throws other characters at the audience. Jarvis is a big winner, Souza is adorable, and Dotty is fantastic as an evil Black Widow. The show’s villains are engaging and interesting in a way that all Marvel properties, on both the big and small screen, fail to achieve.
The show went on to an even more enjoyable second season, bringing a load of new characters into the show, and making this one of 2016’s television highlights.
Then, it was cancelled – proof, if ever we needed it, that nobody at Marvel has the first clue about what they’re doing.
At this present moment in time, when Marvel Television is struggling so much to create engaging entertainment that people actually want to sit through (let alone pay IMAX money to watch), Agent Carter has never been needed more.
So Marvel executives, if you’re reading this, while you’ve got Hayley Atwell nearby, please ask her to return to her most famous role for a third season of her television show.
You won’t regret it – at present Agent Carter may well be the only person who could save Marvel TV.