The British actress – who plays Peggy Carter in the Marvel films – first sparked rumours of a spin-off when she appeared in a DVD extra for Iron Man 3. ABC were clearly impressed, ordering Agent Carter straight to series as well as renewing their existing Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a second season.
The new series will pick up a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. Set in 1946, it will see Atwell reprise her role as founder member of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the girlfriend of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) – aka Captain America – while her beau is frozen in ice.
Inspired by the feature films, the series will begin at the close of WWII when peacetime sees Peggy marginalised as the men return home from war. Working for the secretive Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), she spends her days juggling administrative work with secret missions for Howard Stark.
Written by Captain America duo Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley with Marvel Entertainment producing, the series is rumoured to be a “bridge show” to air during the second series hiatus of S.H.I.E.L.D., according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The news comes amid a morning of commissioning over in the States, with Karen Gillan’s Selfie getting a full series order along with fellow pilots How To Get Away with Murder (from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes), American Crime (penned by 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley), Blackish (starring Laurence Fishburne) and alien invasion drama Whispers (produced by Steven Spielberg).