So this post is going to be a bit different from my usual writing and book related posts, but I hope you find it enjoyable all the same.
Over a week ago, one of my all-time favorite shows, Agent Carter, was cancelled after two abbreviated seasons. News of the cancellation wasn’t unexpected. The show had not been doing well in the ratings and ABC had done little to advertise it. Yes, Agent Carter was destined to go to television show heaven with little fanfare.
Then, something amazing happened. People, fans, champions of well-written and engaging television came together to bring Agent Carter back from the dead. It’s an uphill battle trying to resurrect a television show, but Agent Carter fans are the most loyal and ambitious around. Within days, a petition was started to bring Agent Carter to Netflix for a third season. We knew, as fans, that Peggy Carter’s story was not over yet. Marvel and ABC had barely scratched the surface of this lovable, strong and self-sufficient woman.
In a world where male comic book heroes get countless movies and reboots (I’m looking at you Spiderman), it was refreshing to follow the story of a woman who wasn’t blessed with super speed, spidey senses or god-like powers. Peggy Carter, in all aspects, is an ordinary woman. And yet, she is a superhero in her own right. Quick witted, confident and endlessly intelligent, Peggy Carter deserves a spot alongside Steve Rogers, Tony Stark and Thor, all of whom are compelling characters in their own right. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, women, let alone female superheroes, are in short supply. That’s why Agent Carter was such a refreshing change of pace when it premiered in January 2015. For once, a woman took center stage and it was a glorious sight to behold. Much of Peggy’s struggle to earn the respect of her male co-workers mirrors similar battles female superheroes face. They are always marginalized and looked at as the companion, the side-kick, the love interest, not the main attraction. Agent Carter changed that.
As a reader and a movie-goer, I am attracted to strong female characters. As a writer, I strive to create memorable women who make an impact on the world around them. If I could dream up the perfect female protagonist, it would be Peggy Carter. Now this does not mean that she is a Mary Sue. Peggy has flaws. Lots of them. She is hot-headed, slightly arrogant and at times critical, but she has a big heart and a hell of a left hook. It was a joy to follow Peggy on her adventures to save New York and the world from Hydra agents. Finally, a woman was taking charge in a comic-book world ruled by men.
And yet, the joy was short-lived. Earlier this month, ABC announced that they had cancelled Agent Carter. It was one of two comic book shows (the other being Supergirl) that featured a woman as the main character and while I enjoy Supergirl (and am happy it is going to the CW), Agent Carter’s cancellation hit me harder than I had expected. I had just received Season One for my birthday and I had bought tickets to meet Hayley Atwell at Wizard Con in June. It seemed, to me, that my dream of an inclusive comic book world, where an equal amount of strong women, both super and normal, would fight along side the men, was slipping away. Supergirl was my last hope.
But not anymore. The petition to bring Agent Carter to Netflix has surpassed 110k signatures in under two weeks. #SaveAgentCarter trended on Netflix about a week after cancellation was announced and just last night, I participated in a Live Tweet viewing party of the first episode. Now, rumor has it, Netflix is looking to acquire Agent Carter as an original series. With Disney striking an exclusive streaming deal with Netflix, a third season of Agent Carter seems more possible than ever.
However, there is still work to be done. The petition needs less than 40K signatures to reach its 150K goal. While fans are currently reaching out to Netflix, the more signatures equals higher probability of acquisition.
So please, if you enjoy strong female characters, love comic books and want to watch good television, sign the petition and allow Agent Carter a second shot at life. After all, Peter Parker had two times at bat to tell his story on the big screen. Why not Carter?