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.
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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.
The writing had more or less been on the SSR wall, but this one still stings: Marvel’s Agent Carter has officially hung up the fedora. ABC has opted not to renew Peggy’s post-Cap adventures for a third season, marking the Marvel drama one of the superhero empire’s first official TV cancellations.
Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ builds to Season 3’s final episodes with a touch of ‘Civil War,’ but does Cap and Iron Man’s brawl have any impact on the big “Emancipation” twist this week? Find out in our full review of tonight’s ante-penultimate ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’!
The moment Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell signed for a new ABC pilot, fans of Peggy’s post-Cap adventures began to worry, even as Marvel and ABC assured she could juggle both series. Ahead of pilot pickups, however, it’s starting to look like Agent Carter may be no more, while fellow Agents series Most Wanted has again lost some of its luster.
A little inside-baseball saw ABC recently shifting leadership from former boss Paul Lee to Channing Dungey, and as such, little time was wasted issuing 15 renewals across the network. Not only will the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. return for a fourth season, so too will everything from black-ish to Quantico to Dancing With the Stars will get additional runs. That said, who was left off of the list?
And lo, Marvel’s Agent Carter has come to a “Hollywood Ending” of its Season 2 end, hopefully not the last we see of Peggy’s West Coast adventures. Still, with last week poised to take out at least two major characters with “Zero Matter” (cough, Darkforce), who survived the big finish? Did Peggy finally take down Whitney Frost, and otherwise get her man/men? What Marvel mystery will linger for Season 3? Find out in our full Season 2 finale review!
Tonight will see Marvel’s Agent Carter ending her second season with yet another note of uncertainty, given ominous ratings and another ABC series for star Hayley Atwell. And while Season 3 remains a question, Atwell assures that ABC would find space for her to do both series.
However brightly Agent Carter shines in Season 2, there’s no getting around the diminished ratings from Peggy’s first year, and a recent decision to double-up the remaining episodes on Tuesday. Now, Hayley Atwell herself might be moving on to a different ABC series with a new pilot order, so could Agent Carter Season 3 end up lost to time?
Say what you will about Marvel’s TV branch maintaining little connection to the films, Agent Carter has managed to feel perfectly at home with both Captain America and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alike. Now, we can add Doctor Strange to that list with a surprising connection, while a new clip introduces Peggy’s new love interest for Season 2.