January 17, 2014 11:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Marvel's 'Agent Carter': Hayley Atwell, Writers, Showrunners Confirmed for ABC Drama
ABC and Marvel have solidified their potential Agent Carter series.
The drama, inspired by a Captain America one-shot on the Iron Man 3 DVD, has tapped Reaper creators Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas as showrunners, ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee announced Friday.
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.
Lee said Friday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that the Agent Carter script -- written by Captain America duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely -- has come in, calling it "good."
"That certainly has a good chance to be on the network," Lee said from the stage.
Following the session, Lee also confirmed that Atwell -- long rumored to be attached to the project -- would indeed be a part of the potential series. As for now, though, the ABC Studios/Marvel Entertainment project is merely in development and has not yet been ordered to pilot.
"She's such a strong, wonderful character if you've seen the one-shot," said Butters, at TCA to support ABC's Resurrection. "We're happy to be involved." The EP also noted that she and Fazekas could ultimately work on Resurrection and Agent Carter should both dramas continue on for the 2014-15 season.
Fun fact: Butters is married to Arrow EP/comics scribe Marc Guggenheim, creating what she called a Marvel and DC Comics household. "We're all inclusive," she joked.
Meanwhile, Lee also praised ABC's Netflix deal, noting the streaming service would be a home for Marvel projects for the "super fan."
The potential Agent Carter series comes as ABC has found modest success with Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, a first-year drama that Lee admitted took time to find its "sea legs."