Following in the footsteps of last year's Avengers follow-up, Item 47, Agent Carter is a fun packed 15 minute vehicle for Hayley Atwell's vivacious yet formidable wartime agent, Peggy Carter, last seen shedding a tear as Steve Rogers disappeared off her radar at the end of Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
"Fans of the first film really wanted to find out what happened to Peggy afterwards", elaborates Atwell, "so Marvel are also making a short film, which is basically 'What Peggy Did Next'."
The bittersweet ending of that movie, and the shifting of Steve Rogers into the present day, seemed to spell the end for any significant Marvel presence for Atwell, who impressed so highly in The First Avenger. As it turns out, not only did Peggy become a firm fan favourite, but Marvel's top brass, including studio chief and One Shot director Louis D'Eposito, also wanted to give her a storyline that put her front and centre. Cameras rolled in March for just under a week, and now four months later D’Esposito has unveiled his film in front of a feverish audience packed with giddy fans.
Set one year after the events of The First Avenger, Peggy - still raw after the loss of Steve Rogers - has been transferred to a new government agency, where her boss (Bradley Whitford) seeks to oppress and undermine her at every turn, keeping her glued firmly to her desk. But when a tip-off comes in, Peggy sees her chance to take on a dangerous mission.
Suffice to say Peggy kicks some serious butt, as this short clip demonstrates.
We can also expect to see plenty of neat Easter eggs and cameos from key Captain America players. Not to mention a self-mocking post-credits sting from a company that’s become synonymous with the practise.
At $750,000 it certainly has a budget that dwarfs any short film I can think of and production values to match.
Those lucky enough to be at this years Comic-Con have reported that the short really belongs to Atwell, delivering in her usual fine feisty fashion, whether she's defying her boss or smacking an anonymous henchmen around the head with a briefcase. In fact, based on this form, it's somewhat a shame that Atwell won't be playing a key role in the Captain America franchise. That said, we'd be more than happy to watch a series of Agent Carter shorts.
Sadly that's unlikely to happen. D'Esposito recently confirmed that Marvel are currently unlikely to accelerate their One Shot production schedule beyond one a year, and that the subject matter for next year's short is yet to be decided. It's a safe bet, though, that just as Agent Carter is designed to link in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, whatever they come up with will tie in with either Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Avengers 2.
Rumour has it we can expect to see the Agent Carter One Shot for ourselves when it appears as an exclusive extra for the Blu-ray release of Iron Man 3, due later this year.