We’re still not over the loss of Marvel’s Agent Carter, even as those rescue hashtags and petitions seem to lose steam, but worse is the knowledge what we might have had. Following her take on Captain America’s new relationships, Hayley Atwell reveals what family secrets Season 3 might have unveiled, as well Peggy’s own cloudy history.
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Few even necessarily realized that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would transform Grant Ward into Marvel’s villainous Hive, but soon hoped for a glimpse of the character’s disgustingly squiggly comic form. Season 3’s finale finally gave us that visual, though new concept art teases some earlier, darker designs that didn’t make the cut.
Marvel’s Agent Carter has expired in more ways than one after both Civil War and TV upfronts, but don’t take that to mean Hayley Atwell will say goodbye to the character just yet. Cap’s best gal is still in the loop, and Peggy is apparently none-too-thrilled by Steve’s familial choice of Civil War love interest, nor that headline-making comic reveal.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might not be the only Marvel series left on TV after the dismissal of both Agent Carter and Most Wanted, but fans may still wait months yet for fresh details on Season 4. The third season finale left plenty to pore over, but head back even further with an impressive (and spoilery!) VFX breakdown for the second half of Season 3!
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ closes Season 3 on a (literal) high note between “Absolution” and “Ascension,” but does the “Fallen Agent” turn out exactly who we think? What robotic twist sets us up for some major Season 4 changes? Find out in our full review of tonight’s Season 4 ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ finale!
There will inevitably be a twinge of sadness next season on ABC, that Agent Carter no longer remains part of the lineup, even as Hayley Atwell gets higher billing on a new series. Never will that divide be clearer, however, than the erstwhile Peggy snorting coke and embracing her wild side with an American accent in the first trailer for ABC legal drama Conviction.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. paid the requisite lip service to Captain America: Civil War by last week’s ante-penultimate hour (also unintentionally eulogizing Agent Carter in the process), but series star Chloe Bennet appears to have had enough of the one-way street. “The Marvel Cinematic Universe loves to pretend that everything is connected, but then they don’t acknowledge our show at all,” Bennet opines in a new interview.
Fans of Marvel’s ABC block took small comfort after the cancellations of Agent Carter and Most Wanted that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would at least return for Season 4, and ahead of tonight’s finale, the Avengers-adjacent drama has some big news of its own. Team Coulson will remain on Tuesdays, but airing in the latest possible primetime slot, and making some tonal changes while they’re at it.
If the cancellation of Agent Carter weren’t a sure-enough sign that Marvel TV wasn’t bulletproof, the network’s other Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff has also been put to rest. ABC has officially passed on Marvel’s Most Wanted, leaving Bobbi and Hunter’s adventures in limbo once more.
Despite an attempt to turn things around with a new showrunner in the middle of the first season, The Muppets hasn’t really caught on with audiences the way ABC had hoped. What once seemed like a surefire hit (it’s the Muppets!) turned into a bizarre experiment (it’s a meta-fake-documentary series!) before ultimately becoming an interesting failure (shrug emoji), at best. The short version: ABC has cancelled The Muppets after just one season.