First Look: Hayley Atwell in 'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' Short Film
Everyone is getting excited for the feature film presentations from Marvel Studios at Comic-Con next week. Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The First Avenger will be bringing footage and cast to Hall H for panels, and there's bound to be some big surprise announcements. In addition, the pint-sized Marvel series of One-Shot films is getting another chapter with Agent Carter, a new adventure that takes place a year after Captain America has been presumed dead, and follows Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) still working as a spy for the Strategic Scientific Reserve, which is said to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. precursor. Look!
First, here's the retro comic poster and photos from the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter from EW:
The film follows Carter as she's in pursuit of some sort of MacGuffin called Zodiac. Marvel One-Shot mastermind Louis D'Esposito says, "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.” But that's not the only obstacle Carter is dealing with. Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," Cabin in the Woods) plays a "sexist, bureaucratic boss named Agent Flynn who thinks women have no place in the secret agent business (remember, this is back in the day). D'Esposito explains Flynn's perspective:
“He knows her background but insults her by saying the only reason why she’s gotten anywhere is because she was the girlfriend of Captain America. We know that’s not true, but he’s intentionally suppressing her and not allowing her to go on a mission when the opportunity arises.”
These short films have been getting bigger in scope and ambition, especially with this one being the first period short film for Marvel. D'Esposito explains, "First of all it’s a period piece. You have three fight scenes as opposed to Item 47, where we just had basically one action scene. We had five days – one more day than we did on Item 47 but I think it’s double in size. And also the visual style of it, that requires time. So there was pressure on us. I have people looking over my shoulder, looking at the watch saying, ‘Come on, you’re costing us a lot of money!’” But fans have been loving these shorts, so hopefully it's worth it.
But the payoff here is that this short film, which premieres at Comic-Con next Friday and comes as an extra on the Iron Man 3 Blu-Ray, will tie the Robert Downey Jr. threequel to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by way of Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark and founder of Stark Industries. Perhaps this short is what Cooper was talking about when he mentioned shooting some scenes as the senior Stark, and he won't be appearing in the present-day-set Captain America sequel after all. Hopefully we'll learn more next week at Comic-Con. Sound good?