Now that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus until March, Marvel is stepping up their promotion for the limited series Agent Carter. Earlier this week the company released a new poster featuring the titular character, and now we have a clip showing Peggy getting ready for action while dealing with her life outside of the spy world.
The clip is from the first episode of the season, but it's not the first footage we've seen from Agent Carter. In fact, we got a first look at the series last month when they showed the scene where Howard Stark recruits Peggy to help him track down his stolen weapons. In this video, the other woman is Peggy’s roommate Colleen O’Brien, played by Ashley Hinshaw, who is dealing with a case of tuberculosis. As we can see in the preview, the two of them already have a close relationship. However, as expected for someone in the spy business, Peggy is keeping her real job a secret, with Colleen believing that she works at the phone company. A job like that may not be life or death, but hunting down bad guys definitely can be, and it's easy to see why she's keeping the secret.
Dottie’s comment about 10 women being let go highlights the struggle that women faced during this time, specifically losing their jobs to returning GIs. Previous episode descriptions mentioned that Peggy would feel “marginalized” after World War II ended, specifically by having to do administrative work at the Strategic Scientific Reserve rather than serve out in the field. It’s likely this will be a recurring issue throughout the limited series, one which Peggy will hopefully be able to overcome.
It’s also obvious that Peggy has no interest in dating. While some of this may have to do with losing Steve Rogers not that long ago, her job at the SSR along with hunting down Stark’s stolen tech on the side is presumably taking up most of her time. The men in her life are either the ones she works with or the ones she’s beating up. In Dottie’s eyes though, Peggy is treading the line between independent woman and spinster. We learned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that she eventually marries, but for now, she’s content being a single woman.
Agent Carter will have its two-hour premiere on Tuesday, January 6th at 8 p.m. ET with the episodes "Now is Not The End” and “Bridge and Tunnel.” While we wait, check out that poster for the series, below.
The series will air at 9 p.m. ET the same day on the remaining weeks.