FOX UK has acquired the rights to the ABC Studios action-packed post World War Two period drama Marvel’s Agent Carter from Disney UK and Ireland, and the series will begin airing on 12th July.
As regular readers already know, the 8 x 60” series is inspired by the feature films Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, along with the short Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter and is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television. The series gained critical plaudits on its debut, as we previously reported and a second season is in the works, to be set in Los Angeles.
In the opening season, it’s 1946 and Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell reprising her role from the films) is working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve). Relegated to administrative work, she is bored and frustrated. Sworn to protect those who cannot protect themselves, Agent Carter is a highly trained field agent and, as we saw in the one shot, her male colleagues have a habit of seriously underestimating her talents.
When old acquaintance Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger) finds himself being framed for unleashing his deadliest weapons, he contacts Peggy — the only person he can trust — to track down those responsible, dispose of the weapons and clear his name.
If caught going on these secret missions for Stark, Peggy could be targeted as a traitor and spend the rest of her days in prison — or worse. As she delves deeper into her investigation, she discovers things are not as they seem. Is Stark as innocent as he claims?
Marvel’s Agent Carter also stars James D’Arcy (Broadchurch) as Edwin Jarvis, Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill, A Cinderella Story) as Agent Jack Thompson, Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) as Agent Daniel Sousa and Shea Whigham (American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street) as Chief Roger Dooley.
Marvel’s Agent Carter is FOX UK’s first acquisition since Jeff Ford took on the role of Managing Director, FIC UK, in April. The channel also screens The Walking Dead and Wayward Pines.
“Marvel’s Agent Carter is blockbuster Hollywood entertainment at its best,” he commented. “With high production values and a stellar UK and international cast, the series is the perfect addition to FOX UK’s summer line up, continuing the channel’s commitment to bring exclusive, original and breakthrough series to a UK audience.”
• FOX UK: www.foxtv.co.uk
• Marvel’s Agent Carter: Marvel Web Page: http://marvel.com/tv/show/218/marvels_agent_carter