Bam Smack Pow was at San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and we had the chance to sit down with star Hayley Atwell and some of the writers and producers for Marvel’s Agent Carter for some quick roundtable interviews.
Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, responsible for the screenplays of the wonderful Captain America live-action film series, are the creative minds behind this ABC mini-series spinoff. They lobbied ABC for an eight-episode order for the show because they “wanted it to be an event…an eight-hour movie.”
What they find most intriguing about this series is detailing how people of the era have to deal with the loss of Steve Rogers. “There’s this specter of the absence of the one superhero they had,” Markus said.” So, while there will be references to other Marvel projects, like the appearance of Howard Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis, audiences shouldn’t expect the introduction of any super heroes.
Louis D’Esposito, who is directing the pilot, talks about the unique production. Nearly every episode of this eight-episode mini-series will likely be directed by someone different, as Anthony and Joe Russo are on board to direct the second and third episodes, and Joe Johnston is interested in handling the fourth. Meanwhile, Atwell discusses the physicality she needs to bring to the role.
Showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas discuss how the mini-series will relate to the Marvel One-Shot. The latter will serve as the endgame of the former, with Peggy Carter starting S.H.I.E.L.D. with Howard Stark, but they’re open to expanding the scope if the opportunity for a new series presents itself. They also play coy with whether or not any of the Howling Commandos will make an appearance.
Filming for Marvel’s Agent Carter is slated to begin in September and will debut sometime in January on ABC, airing during the midseason break of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tags: ABC American Broadcasting Company Captain America Captain America: The Winter Soldier Christopher Markus Comic-Con International Hayley Atwell Louis D'Esposito Marvel Marvel Television Michele Fazekas San Diego Comic-Con San Diego Comic-Con 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International SDCC 2014 Stephen McFeely Tara Butters