When Sam Wilson sees old Steve Rogers at the end of Avengers: Endgame, he mourns the loss of a world protected by Captain America. Steve had an massive influence on the generation of superheroes that arose around the time he was defrosted in 2011, and the space left behind by his absence is large enough to merit a miniseries following the post-Cap lives of his closest friends —The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, now streaming on Disney+.
Steve’s temporal displacement wasn’t the first time the world was abruptly left without a Captain America, though. He also disappeared into the ice in 1945, after two short years of being a super-soldier. Losing Steve also impacted his closest friends back then, and they too got a TV show that explored how they moved on in the world without Captain America. That show was Agent Carter, and it was delightful.
Agent Carter adopted the all-around badass SSR Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), first launched in Captain America: The First Avenger as Steve’s buddy and love curiosity. Within the first season, Peggy labored to clear Howard Stark’s (Dominic Cooper) identify after he was framed for treason and partnered up with Edmund Jarvis (James D’Arcy) to take action. Peggy has her personal story and her personal issues, however the specter of Steve Rogers hangs over her, Howard, and the MCU of the Forties as a complete.
In Agent Carter, Captain America is a wartime image whose adventures have develop into part of popular culture full with radio dramas and merchandise. Peggy struggles to honor Steve whereas reconciling the person she knew with the all-American martyr who barely resembles him, and her battle involves a head when she (minor spoiler) comes into possession of Captain America’s authorized stays.
Peggy’s adventures, which included outsmarting her sexist colleagues on the SSA, fixing mysteries, and residence searching, had been the primary time any MCU-adjacent challenge centered a feminine character from the Marvel movies. Agent Carter solely lasted two seasons, however the present’s dedication to doing Peggy justice as a protagonist makes it one of many franchise’s hidden gems.
After all, with Steve’s option to reside up to now, it is not possible to know if the occasions of Agent Carter even occurred within the “major” timeline of the MCU. Realizing Peggy, she nonetheless would have labored for the SSR, so perhaps the alternate universe model of the present would not be all that completely different. Simply watch Peggy remaining the protagonist in her adventures and assume she goes house to a sizzling meal cooked by her husband Steve after the credit roll.
Agent Carter is obtainable to stream on Disney+.