4:39pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Comic-Con: 'Agent Carter' Showrunners Tease Murder and Romance
If the first season of Agent Carter got fans excited about Marvel's indefatigable 1940s former spy, the second season looks set to push that enthusiasm to a new level, judging by the response of fans to the Friday afternoon Marvel TV panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
Appearing to a rapturous reception, Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy (who plays butler turned sidekick Jarvis) and writer/producers Chris Dingess, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas teased fans with details about the show's move to the West Coast for its second year.
"It's 1947, so we're six months after the [first season] ended and things are different," Fazekas said about what to expect. "We'll see people are in different positions, and not everyone is in New York anymore. There's some history because not everyone is talking to each other anymore, and then Peggy will get called to California to investigate a murder."
The second season of the show will be inspired by the film noir of the era, Fazekas said, noting that the real life Black Dahlia murders were happening in Hollywood during 1947. One of the characters already in Hollywood by the time Peggy arrives will be Jarvis, who Fazekas teased will be setting up Howard Stark's west coast estate and, somewhat surprisingly, opening a movie studio. That's not the only change for Jarvis in the second season; in response to D'Arcy asking if Jarvis would meet his wife in Los Angeles, Fazekas nodded.
Romance seems to be on the cards for much of Agent Carter season 2, it seems; in response to a fan question about Peggy's own love life, Fazekas said that Peggy "has put Steve's memory to rest, and has a couple of new opportunities." Unsurprisingly, the audience went wild at the very suggestion — although who the two "opportunities" are remains a mystery.
The cast of Agents of SHIELD also appeared during the panel, with showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen appearing in a video that hinted at developments for the show in its third year — including the revelation that Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) will be adopting her comic book codename of Quake, with she and Coulson (Clark Gregg) forming a covert team of operatives called the Secret Warriors, named for the comic book that Daisy appeared in from 2009-2011.
The news was less positive for Elizabeth Henstridge's character Simmons, however; after a season-ending cliffhanger that suggested her demise, a note on a whiteboard suggested that her character was "Already Very Dead," something that the actress noted when the video ended.