Agent Carter's Big Bad for Season Two Will Be a Marvel Supervillain

Friday, 07 August 2015 - 10:45AM
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Friday, 07 August 2015 - 10:45AM
Agent Carter's Big Bad for Season Two Will Be a Marvel Supervillain
Agent Carter just barely squeaked by with a second season, and we couldn't be happier. With a location change to LA, a new romantic relationship, and a significant casting shake-up, there's plenty to look forward to in season two, and now we can add Marvel supervillain Madame Masque to that list. 

In an interview with Slashfilm, showrunner Tara Butters revealed that Iron Man villain Madame Masque would be the primary antagonist for next season, although she won't be identical to the version in the comics. In the Marvel universe, she's a brilliant student who becomes the head of a huge Mafia-like crime syndicate. When she comes into conflict with Iron Man, her face is scarred, so she wears a golden mask. In Agent Carter, there are necessarily a few changes made to the character, as the show takes place in the forties and she didn't appear in Iron Man's series until the sixties.

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"I think we've changed the look of her a bit obviously," said Butters. "We've made her an actress, which is very Hedy Lamar. She was a '40s siren actress who was also a scientific genius, so that's part of what we're mining with this character."
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Butters also stated that the actress playing Madame Masque has been cast, although she's not allowed to reveal the casting just yet.

When asked whether it was significant that they chose to use a female villain, Butters said,

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"For me it is, because I feel like that is something that… as much as there are not enough female heroes just on television, I feel like having a female villain is just as equally powerful."
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Agent Carter has always been a feminist show, and extremely important for representation considering the dearth of female superhero TV shows (although that's starting to change with Supergirl and Jessica Jones). Butters is right that there are not nearly enough female villains on television, and when they do appear, they are not often done justice, so we're glad that Butters et al will have a chance to contribute to that conversation.

It was all good news until Butters broke our hearts a little by being vague about whether Angie will return for season two:

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As of right now, the fact is Lyndsy Fonseca is not a series regular. So my hope is that we will see her in this season. We're just right now figuring out that season so it will be based on actor availability, but she is absolutely part of our universe and we hope that she'll be in it.
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This is actually less encouraging than we'd hoped. Although Agent Carter is certainly pruning its supporting cast, Fonseca was rumored to be in talks to return to the show around the time that James D'Arcy and Enver Gjokaj signed on for the second season, and as much as we love Gjokaj, we would argue that Angie is much more essential than Sousa. Plus, she's an aspiring actress, so LA would be a realistic move for her. Hopefully the negotiations will work out, and we'll get to see more of the beloved relationship between Peggy and Angie.

The second season of Marvel's Agent Carter premieres in 2016 on ABC.
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