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Marvel Readying 'Agent Carter' Series

The project is inspired by a one-shot highlighted on the "Iron Man 3" Blu-ray featuring "Captain America's" Hayley Atwell.

Hayley Atwell in Captain America - H 2013
Hayley Atwell in "Captain America"

As Marvel is poised to launch its first scripted venture next week with ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the comic book and entertainment company may be prepping another drama inspired by characters in the feature films.

Marvel is in the early stages of prepping a potential TV series based on Agent Carter, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed, though no deals are currently in place.

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Agent Carter is a one-shot set to be released Sept. 24 as an extra on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray. Agent Carter takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger and follows Steve Rogers' (Chris Evans) girlfriend Agent Carter (portrayed by Hayley Atwell) as she builds her career as a secret agent while the hero is frozen in ice. (Worth noting: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was based on Item 47, an original short included on The Avengers DVD.) It's unclear if Atwell would reprise her role should the project officially move forward. (ABC and Marvel declined comment.)

No network is currently attached, though Marvel Entertainment is housed at ABC parent company Disney, making the network home to S.H.I.E.L.D. a likely candidate.

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For Marvel, the potential project comes as the company is readying its Captain America follow-up, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, with Evans reprising his role. Revenge star Emily VanCamp will play Agent 13 -- Carter's niece -- in the sequel.

Word of the project comes as comics-inspired fare continues to be hot at the broadcast networks. The CW is also developing a spinoff of Arrow featuring The Flash, with Glee's Grant Gustin attached to play the speedster.

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