Jeph Loeb "Doesn't Understand" ABC Cancelling Agent Carter, Teases a Future for Peggy

Tuesday, 09 August 2016 - 12:51PM
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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 - 12:51PM
Jeph Loeb "Doesn't Understand" ABC Cancelling Agent Carter, Teases a Future for Peggy
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After languishing on the ratings bubble for two years, Agent Carter was cancelled after its second season by ABC. But according to Marvel TV's Jeph Loeb, that was anything but a joint decision, and he may still have big plans for the character.

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"There were no conversations," Loeb told Business Insider of the cancellation. "We had a call from the network. The network said they were cancelling the show."

When we asked what he understood of ABC's decision, Loeb responded, "I don't."
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The cancellation is very sad, especially considering that Agent Carter has had critical acclaim from the very beginning. But then again, ABC's decision is not completely inexplicable, since it was never a juggernaut in the ratings. The fact that ABC didn't talk to Marvel about it first, however, is interesting for the relationship between the two companies, who both claim Disney as a parent. Loeb insists that things "couldn't be better" between the siblings, but even so, ABC seems to be pushing back against Marvel a bit. Between cancelling Agent Carter and passing on Marvel's Most Wanted, they seem to be operating under the assumption that a Marvel TV show is no sure thing.

But as for Peggy Carter, the character is just as beloved by Marvel as she is by the fans, and Loeb hopes to bring her back in one medium or another:

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"Let me just put it this way: I watched 'The Avengers.' Phil Coulson died. His story was done. We're about to go into the fourth season, and he's standing right over there," Loeb gestured to the actor who plays Coulson, Clark Gregg, who was in the room with us. "So I like to think that anything is possible. And that's one of the reasons why I enjoy my job so much."
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There have been rumblings about Agent Carter moving to Netflix, but could the character herself move to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Both Jed Whedon and Chloe Bennet have teased that she might (although considering that she's buddies with Hayley Atwell from those adorable dubsmash wars, this might be wishful thinking). It sounds unlikely, but anything is possible in sci-fi, and she could either show up in flashbacks or in a more significant role by time traveling. We'll have to wait and see whether she joins Ghost Rider and jumps ship to AOS.
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