One of the most anticipated panels at Comic-Con is Marvel's television showcase. This year, head of Marvel television Jeph Loeb announced what was coming up in the next seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.
The Marvel TV panel was split into two parts.
Marvel's Agent Carter
In the finale, Peggy (Hayley Atwell) was kicking Dottie Underwood out of an airplane, begging Howard Stark to move beyond Captain America's disappearance (and presumed death), and pouring a pilfered vial of Cap's blood over the edge of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Atwell and her sidekick Jarvis (James D'Arcy) were on the panel, along with executive producers Tara Butters, Chris Dingess, and Michele Fazekas.
After a highlight reel of Season 1, we got some fun news about Season 2. First of all, we get 10 whole episodes this time, instead of only eight. Second, as Marvel announced when they said Agent Carter had been renewed, Peggy has been reassigned to the West Coast. Season 2 will start six months after the end of Season 1.
"Things are different," Butters said. "We'll see people are in different positions and not everyone is in New York any more. Some people aren't talking to each other any more."
But Los Angeles won't be all unfamiliar faces. Jarvis will be there with Howard Stark, working on his Beverly Hills estate (and his new movie studio).
Butters said part of the appeal of moving the show was the glamour of Old Hollywood. The show will take place in 1947, which was the year of the Black Dahlia murder. "We wanted the glamour of Old Hollywood and the noir grit and crime of Los Angeles," Butters explained. "Changing the location generates such great stories and interactions between the characters."
Particularly for Peggy: She will have "a couple of new opportunities" in the romance department, according to Fazekas.
During the audience Q&A, D'Arcy asked a question of his own: Will he ever meet his wife? "He might get to," Loeb joked. "You guys might not get to."
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The two-hour finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was big: The agents and the Inhumans were at war, and Skye/Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) was caught between her real and adopted families. Her mother, Jiaying (Dichen Lachman), convinces her that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are the bad guys, while her dad, Cal (Kyle MacLachlan), gets an injection from Simmons that turns him into Calvin Zabo. He's forced to kill Jiaying, Coulson loses a hand, and Simmons gets swallowed up by the Kree rock.
The panel featured the entire cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Nick Blood, Luke Mitchell, Adrianne Palicki, and Henry Simmons. Loeb said the rest of the producers and showrunners were busy working on Season 3.
After a highlight reel, Loeb introduced top-secret GoPro video footage from inside the S.H.I.E.L.D. writers' room, which showed a guy tossing darts and a blank whiteboard labeled "Season 3 Ideas." Still, they dropped the following teases, albeit in a very purposefully vague fashion:
We also saw another whiteboard labeled "Who should we kill this season?" with "Already Very Dead" written next to "Simmons."
After the video ended, Loeb said the character Lash would also be joining the show, then said they were out of time. (According the Marvel wiki, Lash is another Inhuman. His power is energy manipulation.)
"Um, I have a question," Henstridge interjected. "On that board, in the video, next to my character's name, there was some writing?" "Anyways, that's it! Let's get the cast of Agent Carter back out for a photo op!" Loeb said.
Sadly, there was no news about Daredevil or any other Netflix property, nor any news about the upcoming ABC/Marvel project with John Ridley.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC September 29 at 9/8c. Agent Carter is expected to return in the midseason when S.H.I.E.L.D. goes on hiatus in January.
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