Why Marvel’s Agent Carter is The Most Important Show on TV
Before tonight most people knew Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) as the female agent who got to touch Captain America’s (Chris Evans) musclier chest (as well helping defeat Red Skull). After tonight’s 2-hour premiere of Marvel Agent Carter people will be singing a different tune, one that hopefully includes the words kick-ass, sharp, and full of sass female lead.
So why is this show that by all accounts could be considered as a seat warmer for S.H.I.E.L.D., however Agent Carter is more than that. It’s a show that shows a strong women in a lead role that doesn’t take crap from anyone. Keep in mind Carter takes place in the 1940’s when women who entered the workplace were regulated to secretary, phone line operator, or other similar admin style jobs. Peggy is no exception to this rule. While she is still an S.S.R. Agent, her mostly male co-workers barde her with sexist comments, sleazy looks, and report filing. Her remarks are snappy and full of the dry whit that makes her even more awesome. Peggy doesn’t let this stop her, she works to prove her worth come hell or high water.
When I look back the last 11 years of TV only two shows come to mind that showed a strong female in the lead role: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (ended in
Marvel Agent Carter airs Tuesday’s at 9pm ET on ABC.