A couple of months ago, ABC socked Marvel with a one-two punch of both passing on Marvel’s Most Wanted and canceling Agent Carter. It was a dark day indeed for Marvel Television. Like with most cancelled shows, fans responded in support of reviving the program, and even Agent Carter herself, Hayley Atwell, has been quoted as saying she’d be “very happy” to revive the show in some capacity. The only problem is that the revival has no place to air, after it was ABC who passed on the show’s third season in the first place.
Along with fans and Atwell, Marvel Television has even voiced their support for some sort of revival of the show. TVLine spoke to the chief of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, who explained the situation they are in and why reviving Agent Carter isn’t actually an easy process. Unlike the movies, a television channel has to first allow the show to air before anything else can happen.
“[Marvel Studios schedulers] get to say, ‘In 2019, were going to bring you Captain Marvel,’ and when it shows up in a movie theater, [no theater owner] is going, ‘Whoa, hold on a second — we didn’t say that that was OK!’”
Loeb continued on to explain the relationship Marvel Television has with different channels such as ABC, FX, or Netflix. Essentially, the channels act as Marvel Television’s clients and the production company has to carter to the their wants and needs. As much as the fans, actors, and producers of Agent Carter want to see a revival, it can’t happen if no networks share in the vision.
“What Marvel Television does every day is it connects with our partners — ABC, FX, Fox, Netflix, Freeform — and they tell us when they would like it. So the short answer is: Sure, if someone wants to call and say, ‘We want a two-hour Agent Carter for May 2017,’ boom. We’ll put together the greatest Agent Carter movie we can.”
Loeb finishes on a high note of hope, comparing Atwell to Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Phil Coulson, who has found a secure home on ABC after his character was killed during the first Avengers movie. As long as Atwell is still willing to play the character, a chance at revival exists.
“Every person who’s reading this sat in a movie theater and saw Phil Coulson die in The Avengers, and we’re now about to start our 67th episode, on our way to 100 episodes, of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., none of which would have happened without Phil Coulson and Clark Gregg. I’m incredibly grateful that Hayley has been bold enough to say that she would love to play that part again. So… ‘I hope so’ is the short answer.”
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