Looks like the greater Marvel Universe is officially coming to the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter — at least behind the camera. It was announced today during the Marvel TV panel at Comic-Con that Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be helming the second and third episodes of the ABC series set to debut in 2015. Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnson will helm the fourth episode, with Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito set to direct the first one.
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The announcements were made after a short teaser video was shown to a packed Ballroom 20. Mostly a voice-over via President Harry Truman, the post-WWII-set series promised fans that they would discover a “different side of the Marvel Universe.” Agent Carter picks up in 1946 and the first version of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming together as the Cold War heats up. Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb said the show hasn’t started stated filming and the writers room opens next week.
The cast of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was also on the panel with Clark “Agent Phil Coulson” Gregg coming out to a thunderous standing ovation. The panel confirmed Lucy Lawless will join the show in the second season as a longtime S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Isabel Hartley. British actor Nick Blood will also join as a mercenary, and Reed Diamond, who appeared on Joss Wheldon’s 2009 Fox series Dollhouse, will also be added. The panel was treated to a specially made video of Patton Oswalt in his S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Billy Koenig role jokingly lecturing the crowd on security.
What did not come up today was Marvel’s live-action TV productions for Netflix. Last November, in what Disney called “Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling,” Netflix picked up 13-episode seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage series and a Defenders miniseries. Already in production in NYC, the Daredevil series was written by Drew Goddard, who stepped aside in March to direct Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man spinoff Sinister Six. On May 24, Steven S. DeKnight took over as executive producer/showrunner for Daredevil, which will be released on the streaming service in 2015.
Agent Carter has Reaper creators Michele Fazekas & Tara Butters serving as executive producers/showrunners with Captain America: The First Avenger’s Steve McFeely & Christopher Marcus. They were all on the panel today along with star Hayley Atwell. Inspired by the Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter with Atwell reprising her role from 2011’s The First Avenger, Agent Carter will debut on ABC next year. Atwell, who showed up briefly in the contemporary Winter Soldier, will also be seen as Peggy Carter next year in the Joss Whedon-helmed The Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Agent Carter’s straight-to-series order was announced May 8 the same day that Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. was renewed by ABC for a second season.
While very much a part of the greater Marvel Universe, the first season of S.H.I.E.L.D. mostly stayed away from the direct crossovers with the movies that many expected. Only toward the end of the cycle did the show link storylines with the big screen and the Captain America sequel — on April 1. Of course, the ramifications of the events of Winter Soldier will, as the panel discussed today, set the tone and direction of Season 2 of S.H.I.E.L.D., especially with Agent Coulson now director of the tattered and compromised agency. S.H.I.E.L.D’s second season is set to debut September 23.
While Marvel dropped a just few surprises today at the TV panel, they made sure as usual not to give too much away. That’s why you had people onstage repeatedly making half joking statements like “I can’t say anymore” and “I don’t want to get in trouble.” Before today’s panel, Loeb discussed with me the close-to-the-chest approach Marvel has taken has taken the past few years and the logic behind it. “I really appreciate the fact that we have so many fans out there that want to know what we’re up to, but by the same token, we really do believe that one of the things that makes Marvel so special is that we’re telling stories that people didn’t see coming, and nothing could be greater than that,” he said. “Because when you think about Marvel films or Marvel television, hopefully you think we’re in the event business. Which is why Marvel wants to keep things private and announce them as they go.”
And, future plans kept under tight wraps, Loeb says he wants Comic-Coners to get value for their enthusiasm for all things Marvel. “We have a fantastic animation panel, and obviously, our Marvel Television live panel, and obviously, I don’t need to tell anybody about Hall H and the movie panel that’s going on there on Saturday,” the Marvel TV boss notes, “You know, if you really want to have a fantastic experience down in San Diego, just go through the program guide,” Loeb says with a laugh. “Mark all the things that say Marvel. Go to those things, we’d love to have you