Agent Carter Writers Reveal Their Pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. Plan for the Marvel Series

Agent Carter Writers Reveal Their Pre-S.H.I.E.L.D. Plan for the Marvel Series

One of most interesting concepts in the Marvel catelogue has let loose of a couple of its secrets.

With a half dozen Netflix series and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. all set in the modern day, Marvel is also planning a 1940s-set prequel series — and the writers have spilled some new details.

Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the duo behind Captain America: The First Avenger, opened up to Collider about the potential series. The series has yet to technically be greenlit, but apparently ABC execs are reviewing the script at this point. So, fingers crossed.

The show would start in 1946, which matches up to the same era as that stellar Agent Carter one-shot short film. McFeely noted that they want to track Carter before she joins up with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) to found S.H.I.E.L.D. Stark would be a recurring character, not a series regular:

“We can’t get her to the end of S.H.I.E.L.D. that fast. We wanna stay in that world longer where people are disrespecting her and she’s proving herself and going on missions and things like that.”

In an extremely savvy move, it also sounds like they’ll forego the typical 20+ episode order for a limited-series approach of around 13 episodes, which’ll give them a chance to tell some tightly woven stories in the early days of S.H.I.E.L.D. without much filler. Here’s how McFeely explained the concept:

“[13 episodes] is how this is envisioned, maybe even less… That’s my hope, is that it would be something like [Under the Dome]. Our case would be that it would be a limited series and you would wrap up that one bad guy and that one case, and then if you like it we’ll do it again next year and it’s 1947.”

Considering all the projects Marvel has in the hopper, you’d think this one has a pretty good shot of landing somewhere. If not ABC, here’s hoping it gets a shot on Netflix or cable.

With S.H.I.E.L.D. being such an integral part of much of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it is safe to say that this series, once given a greenlight, will be filled with early prototypes for things that are commonplace in the current Marvel Universe, such as the beginnings of flying cars like Lola as seen in the first Captain America movie.

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