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While Agents of Shield has done a fantastic job of connecting it’s show to the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe by featuring Hydra, Lady Sif, Loreli, Asgardian weapons and other movie-related characters and themes, Agent Carter gets to tell all the great Marvel back stories!
Tonight on Agent Carter (season 1 episode 5 “The Iron Ceiling”) Peggy not only got to fight Leviathan in Russia with the Howling Commandos (the stuff that fangirls and fanboys dream of), but she also got to see the Black Widow program in person. THAT’S RIGHT: THE HOWLING COMMANDOS AND THE BLACK WIDOW PROGRAM!
When I first heard the news that Peggy (Hayley Atwell) was getting her own show I was over the moon with excitement. If you would have told me we would get to see her taking down bad guys and fighting along side the Howling Commandos I would not have believed you, only because it would have sounded too good to be true. If you had to told me that she would get to work with Howard Stark’s famed butler Jarvis (James Darcy) I would not have believed you because Jarvis is tied to the films. If you would have told me she would discover the Black Widow program and fight little brainwashed girls (who would turn into women like Natasha Romanoff) I really would not have believed you!
In in age where films and television usually stay separate, especially in the case of DC, it is so wonderful to see Marvel tie everything together so well. At this point in the show, Agent Carter has shown us Doctor Anton Venko (Whiplash’s dad, from Iron Man 2), Howard’s butler Edwin Jarvis (who goes on to be the inspiration for Tony Stark’s operating system and The Vision), the Howling Commandos (from Captain America: The First Avenger), the original Black Widow Russian brainwashing and assassin training center, and so much more–and we’re only on episode five!
Agent Carter is also giving us an up and close look at a woman who is still in the Black Widow program: Dottie Underwood, Peggy’s roommate. We know from the comics that Natasha/Black Widow had a dark past, full of murder and mayhem (she’s got red in her ledger), but the Natasha we know in the films has gotten past that. S.H.I.E.L.D. has helped her find herself again and now she is fighting for the good side. Dottie on the other hand is a current Black Widow, totally brainwashed, conditioned to lie, cheat, steal and kill to fulfill her undercover mission. Dottie is what Natasha looked like before S.H.I.E.L.D. Pretty scary stuff huh? Tonight Dottie (Bridget Regan) not only swiped a key off Peggy, who is not easily swindled, but she found Howard Stark’s secret pictures and started imitating Peggy in the mirror. Right now Dottie is a full blown Russian #SingleWhiteFemale!
With all of these amazing movie tie-ins, what would you like to see them cover on the show? Is there any other back stories that you would like to see on Agent Carter? Personally I would love to see baby Tony Stark. I know that is at least 15-20 years away in this timeline, but maybe they will do some flash-forwarding in future seasons.
To hear all my thoughts on Dottie, the Howling Commandos, Leviathan and more, check out my full recap of this episode on the Peggy Carter Podcast. You can find it on AssemblyofGeeks.com and on iTunes. If you’ve been keeping up with it over the last five weeks, please consider leaving us a review. Reviews really help, especially on iTunes. Also, if you have any thoughts about the episode, shoot us a tweet @GeeksAssemble and we could read it on the podcast!
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Agent Carter airs Tuesday’s on ABC @ 9/8C.