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'Agent Carter': Hayley Atwell talks season 1 details

On May 17 IGN.com posted new details about "Agent Carter," the upcoming Marvel television series that will tell the story of Peggy Carter, one of the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the "Captain America" movies. The series has been rumored for some time, but was officially announced last week along with the renewal of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." for a second season. Actress Hayley Atwell, who originally portrayed the role of Peggy Carter, will reprise the role for the new series.

Hayley Atwell
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Atwell recently gave an interview with Marvel where she revealed that the first season of the new series was ordered for eight episodes, although most series have at least thirteen episodes. The series is also expected to begin airing during the midseason break for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." which was given a twenty-two episode order. The series is a second television spinoff for Marvel, but the new series will focus on one agent instead of the entire organization. Like other Marvel projects, the series will be connected to the other spinoff which is in part why they series will debut while the other is on a break.

On May 16 Comingsoon.net posted that the new series will take place in the past, specifically starting in 1946, and it's possible that future seasons can take place in later years or decades. The story will pick up after the end of war, as Peggy returns home to America and must adjust to life during peace time. She begins working for the SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) and does administrative duties for the secret organization.

Agent Carter is also assigned to complete covert missions for Howard Stark, father of Iron Man's Tony Stark, to further the existence of what would become S.H.I.E.L.D. She is also dealing with the fall out of losing Steve Rogers and is once again facing life as a single woman. Actor Dominic Cooper, who plays Howard Stark in the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has not been confirmed for the series.

Peggy Carter was first introduced in the Marvel film "Captain America: The First Avenger," as an agent who helps Steve Rogers become a super soldier. Agent Carter helps him see real combat and help the soldiers win the war while defeating HYDRA. Atwell described the character as being capable with being a superhero and was excited to return to a character she has played in over four years. The series currently has no official release date but is expected to air on ABC in the fall.