Agent Carter, the post-WW2 drama following Peggy Carter – Captain America’s former beau – will include cameos from the dimple chinned hero of the free world.
It’s a neat trick, considering at the time Cap was trapped in a polar ice cap, after crashing a plane loaded with Hydra nuclear weapons in the Arctic CDircle. It’s a long story. A long story called Captain America: The First Avenger.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) would later wake up to star in The Avengers, but in the meantime the star spangled hunk was on ice. So what gives? Well, an old fashioned radio serial called the ‘Captain America Adventure Hour’ will be a favourite of characters on Agent Carter, continuing the hero’s adventures in a hilariously camp fashion. ”I’m going to make you see stars and stripes, Hitler!” You get the idea.
Even better, Carter will bristle at her portrayal in the show. Executive producer Michele Fazekas told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s the bane of Peggy’s existence because you have the Peggy character on the show, Betty Carver, and she’s played by this actress who does a soft Marilyn Monroe voice and she’s always in jeopardy.”
Peggy would have to wait a few decades (until this Friday, if you’re in the US) before ass-kicking superspy proto-feminists were accurately reflected in the media, but gender politics aside, this is a neat nod back to the origins of the superhero genre. Batman was heavily based on radio serials like The Shadow, and Captain America himself was used as a propaganda tool, a fact parodied in his new movie career.