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ABC Cancels Agent Carter

Once the news broke early yesterday afternoon that Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell’s new ABC drama, Conviction, had been greenlit to series, it became clear that it was the end of the road for the Marvel spy series. Plagued by low ratings (but strong critical acclaim in the case of the show’s recent second season), there was hope that, considering the sprawl of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Carter might make another go of it. Unfortunately, ABC isn’t betting on the appeal of the MCU anymore.

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ABC also announced that it would not be moving forward with the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spin-off, Marvel’s Most Wanted. The series was set to star Adrianne Palicki and Nick Blood, who left the S.H.I.E.L.D. team this past season to prep for the series. Considering how often people from the MCU pop-up in other Marvel properties, I would assume both Palicki and Blood will find their way back to the mothership at some point in the future.

With the end of both shows, that only leaves Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to carry the Marvel mantle on broadcast television. The rest of the Marvel live-action shows can be found on Netflix, which is currently the home to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher.

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Comments

  • Irish Jim

    I like the Peggy Carter character a lot. I also liked the period piece set in the late 1940’s, although some of the story lines were not true to the times.

    Season 2 was a disappointment. The “black matter” was never well defined and seemed to act differently on Agent Carter than it did on Agents of Shield. It killed some people and gave others powers. It didn’t transport anyone to another planet like it did on Agents of Shield.

    Agent and, to a slightly lesser extent, Agents of Shield make the women on the show almost super human and make the men pretty weak and inept. A little balance would have been more believable, especially for the 1940’s.

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