ABC’s “Agent Carter” returned for a second season this week and executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have spoken about the two-part premiere’s shocking ending which ties into Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie.
The premiere’s ending saw the handsome and charming scientist Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), a potential love interest for Peggy, go M.I.A. following an explosion involving zero matter (the ‘Dark Force’ from the “Doctor Strange” universe).
Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have spoken with THR about incorporating the ‘Strange’ mythology into this season. Fazekas says:
“We knew that we had wanted to get into a little bit more of the Marvel universe as far as having superpowers. The cool thing about darkforce when you look into it is, in the comic book universe, it’s this very versatile thing. It can be a gas, a solid, a liquid. It gives people superpowers, it makes people villains. It can kill you. We liked all of that and how we could mold it into the story we wanted to tell.
We knew that we wanted Jason Wilkes to be afflicted by it and by the end of the second episode, both he and Whitney Frost are exposed to it. It’s going to have very different results for both of them. It accomplished a lot of things with one cool, simple element. It’s also fun because, because we’re in 1947, people don’t know what they’ve come upon. That’s why they named it zero matter. They don’t know what it is or where it comes from. You’re seeing the very beginnings of people trying to figure out what this is.”
The men chasing Peggy in one scene had a pin with a symbol on it, and it’s something that the season will explore further down the line. Butters says:
“It’s actually from the Marvel Universe. You’ll find out that there’s this thing called the Secret Empire. In the Marvel comic book universe, it’s the Council of Nine, or sometimes the Council of 12. It’s basically a group of rich white guys who control everything.”
The details come as the ABC drama returned Tuesday night to series lows in Live+Same Day numbers. The series averaged a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 in the first hour and slipped to a 0.9 in the demo in the second with a total of just three million viewers.