ABC Explains “Agent Carter” Decision, Marvel Future

Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote the new ABC series “Conviction,” both actress Hayley Atwell and ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey were asked the question many fans have wanted to know – why did the network not do a third season of “Agent Carter”?

Speaking with Slashfilm, Dungey says that right now the network is re-thinking its approach to Marvel adaptations and may be ditching its existing Marvel shows in favor of a Netflix-style series of interlocking programs. Certainly this rethink is why the network passed on the pilot for the ‘SHIELD’ spin-off “Marvel’s Most Wanted”:

“Most Wanted, ultimately at the end of the day, did not feel as strong as some of the other pilots that we shot. We talked about it with Marvel and we all came to an agreement that we want to figure out what the next show is that we do together, is something that we all feel is as creatively strong as it can be.

[Most Wanted] was a joint partnership between Marvel and ABC Studios. We certainly are open if they were to find another home for it to have that happen. We’re looking at a number of different things. Some of them are projects that we’ve worked on before and others are totally new ideas and IP.”

Of its series, “Agent Carter” was the most creatively successful Marvel ABC project – helped by its shorter run, period setting and winning cast chemistry. Atwell says she’d love to reprise the role in the future if it ever comes around again:

“It’s still a much-loved show for the people involved in the making of it and we know that the fans, it has a special place in their hearts. That’s something that I would be very happy to go back to if the opportunity came… I hound [Marvel Studios co-president] Louis D’Esposito on a regular basis saying, ‘Give me a movie.’ The great thing about Peggy is we know from The Winter Soldier that she lives a long life, so she can come back. I’m banking on when I’m in my 50s, let’s see what Peggy’s up to in this decade.

I don’t feel like I’ve said goodbye to her because she does still seem to live on a lot for a lot of the fans. Marvel is still such a big part of my career and I suppose my professional family that I would absolutely not rule out the idea of going back to Peggy at some point or seeing her in other avenues. I love her and I hope that she has a life elsewhere another time.”

“Agent Carter” finished on its second season earlier this year while the character passed away in our present day time before the events of “Captain America: Civil War”. Nevertheless, as Atwell’s “Ant-Man” cameo demonstrates, there’s still plenty of opportunity for the actress to reprise the role.