The short film Agent Carter was originally planned as a one-shot story, meant to serve as a way of connecting Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Iron Man 3. The idea for the short film was inspired by the strong reaction to Hayley Atwell’s portrayal of Agent Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, who made her character more than a generic love interest. Marvel/Disney wanted to use her again, and since she can’t appear in the modern day films, she was given her own short film, which is being released next week as part of the Iron Man 3 blu ray set.
When Agent Carter was screened at Comic-Con this year, the reaction was good enough that Marvel is now considering making it a weekly series. The series will also show us the origins of S.H.I.E.L.D., in the post-war era of the 1940s.
In the short, we’ll catch up with Agent Peggy Carter (Atwell), one year after the ending of Captain America: The First Avenger, as she searches for a mysterious object known as ‘Zodiac’. In an interview with EW, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito refused to explain what Zodiac exactly was, saying, “Zodiac in the books has been many, many different things. We just want you to know it’s deadly, it’s important, bad guys are guarding it, and it’s imperative she gets it.” ‘Zodiac’ could refer to the powerful Zodiac Key, seen in the comics. The short film may serve as a pilot for the potential TV series.
Marvel Studios executive producer Victoria Alonso asked Atwell during a Q&A session at Comic-Con if she would ever appear in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Atwell responded “If the scripts are good.”
The Iron Man 3 blu ray, (and its Agent Carter short) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will all come out on September 24th.