ABC’s “Agent Carter” is packing her bags and moving to Los Angeles for the period piece Marvel show’s second season. The story advances forward a year to 1947, with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) investigating a murder among other things. Might it be the infamous Black Dahlia case? After all, the timing lines up. Murder isn’t the only thing Peggy will be up against, however.
The producers have confirmed that sinister group The Secret Empire will factor in heavily in Season Two. A fringe Hydra cult in the source material, they should serve as a fine foil for Carter and her compatriots at the SSR next year when the show returns. Showrunners Michelle Fazakas and Tara Butters elaborate further…
The antagonists, I would say, exist in the Marvel comics, a version of them. And there’s even a group called the Secret Empire. And I can also tell you, and this is somewhat of a spoiler, there’s a thing called Darkforce, that comes from the comic book universe, which also created Blackout on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and it comes out of the Doctor Strange universe as well. That’s going to show up, causing problems for people.
The Darkforce Universe, eh? That’s an interesting new element and, as stated, should allow the show to help explore elements to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Potential ties to the aforementioned Doctor Strange as well as the oft-rumored Cloak & Dagger* seem to be coming our way.
On the returning front, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) and Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) will be joining Peggy in L.A., with the latter apparently having started his own movie studio as a side hobby. It’s hard to say how often Dominic Cooper will appear on the series as Stark this time, given his commitments to AMC’s Preacher, but his return has been confirmed. We will also finally get to meet Jarvis’ wife.
Chad Michael Murray and Enver Gjokaj will return as SSR agents Jack Thompson and Daniel Sousa, respectively. The show’s run has been expanded from 8 episodes to 10 for its return next year. It is expected that “Agent Carter” will once again premiere during the winter break for (the inferior) “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in early 2016.
* – ABC once developed a series based on the superhero pair, but sources tell us the rights to them no longer reside with the network. I’d hazard a guess and say they are now over at Netflix with the rest of the characters once earmarked for ABC, though they could easily be back with the film division as well.