Agent Carter‘s Showrunners on Planned Doctor Strange Tie-Ins, Ana Jarvis, and Madam Masque
Doctor Strange tie-ins are going to start popping up in the rest of your Marvel media, whether you want them there or not, so you may as well get ready to take notice! As we look at our watches in anticipation of the second season of Agent Carter, let’s also keep our eyes open for the Strange Easter Eggs planned to appear—plus the other new characters we can look forward to meeting.
Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters already told us last year that the Darkforce, which is a form of extra-dimensional energy, will play a role in the second season. Turns out it’ll be related to that Isodyne Energy corporation that Peggy’s been investigating. In Fazekas’ words:
Basically, Isodyne is a company that we invented based in part on real life companies like Radiodyne or General Atomic or the beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Lab … You’ll learn more about that in Season 2, but they stumble upon what people in the Marvel Universe will know as Darkforce, but because they’ve never seen it before, they just name it Zero Matter. That’s our tie-in to the Doctor Strange universe, and also to “S.H.I.E.L.D.” because you’ve seen it in “S.H.I.E.L.D.” as well.
The cool thing about what we learned as we researched Darkforce over the course of Marvel comic book history is, it affects people in different ways… We were able to select what we liked and sort of make our own rules as to what it does, how it operates, and who it affects in our world.
Fazekas also shared some more details about Ana Jarvis, a character that we’re already excited to see:
It makes sense in that, Jarvis likes Peggy Carter, so of course the woman he’s in love with would not be a quiet, prim and proper lady. She would be someone different, someone who challenges him, someone who excites him. We also wanted to be very clear that Peggy and Ana really like each other, and that there’s no jealousy from Ana. Ana and Jarvis are so comfortable in their relationship, they’re not going to be jealous of other people coming in and out of their lives.
Last but certainly not least, Fazekas told us about “the makings of a villain” in Agent Carter‘s version of Madam Masque, who’ll also be introduced this season.
Madame Masque, or Whitney Frost, is another one who we’re creating our own version of. We’ve been inspired the actress Hedy Lamarr, who was an Austrian actress in the ’40s; she was very glamorous, but also an inventor. She actually held a patent on frequency hopping, which was a way to control torpedoes so radio signals couldn’t be blocked. She was this secret genius. A lot of people didn’t know about it, but she held this patent that, to this day, the technology is used in Bluetooth, WiFi and cell phones. We loved that, so we applied it to Whitney Frost. She’s this beautiful actress and secret scientific genius. Her husband is this wealthy industrialist and owns Isodyne, but she’s the brains behind it. We thought that was a fun way to show how women operate in this world.
Even though we’re not really telling the, “Oh, my God! Everybody’s so sexist!” story, we still deal with that story in that the only way Whitney Frost felt she could exert power in the world was through her husband, because she had been told her whole life, “Nobody cares how smart you are, they care about how pretty you are.”
So we’ve got a new friendship between Peggy and Ana to look forward to, plus a formidable villainess, and some Doctor Strange references to boot. What’s missing? Any details whatsoever about rumored love interest Jason Wilkes, played by Reggie Austin. I wouldn’t want them to give everything away, of course … but I’m excited.
When’s that season premiere again? A week from today? Aaaa!
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