Depending on how little you like to know beforehand, the following may contain spoilers for Agent Carter. You have been warned.
The second season of Agent Carter will see Peggy going through a lot of changes. It is 1947, and the landscape of the science world is beginning to evolve. As Peggy heads to Hollywood, she will encounter new characters (including a new love interest) as well as a look at race relations and the entertainment industry in the mid-twentieth century.
All of these details were discussed by executive producers Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, but two of the most interesting points of focus were the season’s new villain and the show’s connection to Doctor Strange. The broader details on these have been known for some time, but Butters and Fazekas go a little bit more in-depth.
Speaking of villain Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett), Fazekas noted that her origin story will be told in full. Not only will the audience get to see her evolution, but the fourth episode will explore her backstory and why she turned out the way she did.
“We actually compare and contrast her and Peggy, like how do these two women, who are similar in many ways—they’re both very smart, strong women—end up in very different places in their life. We see her become our version of Madame Masque.”
We will not actually see her don a golden mask in Agent Carter, but Fazekas and Butters assured EW that there will be some nods to the comics. In addition to deriving inspiration from the comic books, Fazekas notes that Madame Masque will take some cues from the real world.
“We somewhat based her on the actress Hedy Lamarr, who in addition to being this very glamorous actress was also an inventor. We took a page from that and put that into our Madame Masque character.”
As far as how Peggy will go up against Frost in the show, she’ll have to use her wits. This is because the show’s connection to Doctor Strange will be a major aspect of Frost’s formidability. According to Fazekas:
“One of the things that happens in this season is we definitely have a little bit more Marvel in this season, a little bit more getting into almost saying a super power, but there’s a scientific basis for it. It’s connected to Doctor Strange world. It’s called, in the comics, Darkforce, but because we take place before anybody knows what that is, our people just name it Zero Matter.”
Darkforce is not new to the MCU, having previously been seen on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Butters discusses that it was fun incorporating Zero Matter in Agent Carter, primarily because of the freedom it gave them.
“The interesting thing about Darkforce is that it affects everybody differently who comes in contact with it. That also gave us a certain license, which was fun for us, because we were able to decide—any of our characters who come into contact—how would it affect them?”
This may not be a direct tie-in to Doctor Strange, but it should at least give us a taste of that world before the film is released on November 4. For more information on other details regarding the new season of Agent Carter, feel free to head on over to Entertainment Weekly for the full interview.
Agent Carter’s second season premieres on ABC tonight at 9PM ET with two episodes, “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark.”