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ABC renews 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' and orders 'Captain America' series

Chris Evans
Chris Evans
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On May 8 Entertainment Weekly broke the news that "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." was renewed for a second season and the network ordered a series called "Marvel's Agent Carter," which will be a "Captain America" spin-off. The new series about Agent Carter was first rumored late last year and gives the network two shows based in the Marvel universe. That series was given the green light and was ordered to series, meaning it will have a primetime slot in the fall television lineup.

The season one finale of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will air next week and will further alter the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series follows the lesser known agents of the secret organization known as the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, which monitors supernatural threats against the planet.

The new series will focus on Agent Peggy Carter, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who has featured heavily in "Captain America: The First Avenger" as Steve Rogers love interest and confidant during his time in the army. Actress Hayley Atwell will reprise the role of Agent Carter and the series will take place in 1946. Howard Stark, father of Iron Man Tony Stark, is also expected to appear in the series.

Deadline reported on May 8 that the announcement of the "Agent Carter" series was kept under wraps until after "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was released at the box office. The series received a full order due to the success of the character from the first two Captain America films. Atwell had a small role in the second film, but now her character can focus on the new series and fans can find out what happened after Captain America went into the ice.

The series will pick up just after the end of the war when the troops have returned. Agent Carter will be undercover with the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) working on administrative projects. She will also be working on secret operations with Howard Stark to further the mission of S.H.I.E.L.D. for future decades. Agent Carter will also have to deal with the loss of Captain America. Executive producers are Jeph Loeb, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Steve McFeely, Christopher Marcus.