Well, the thing we all thought would happen has happened: ABC has decided to cancel Agent Carter after just two seasons. No more scenes of Peggy looking flawless while kicking ass. No more Sousa wearing increasingly ridiculous Hawaiian shirts. No more Jarvis being Jarvis. While it makes sense from a business perspective (the second season ended with a 1.4 rating among adults under 50 and 4.3 million total viewers with DVR), there were still plenty of stories that could be told about Agent Carter and the rest of the SSR. Still, it lagged behind ABC’s other Marvel show, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., despite being more critically lauded.
While fans are holding out hope for a Netflix series or film to continue Peggy’s daring exploits, that seems increasingly unlikely. Luckily, star Hayley Atwell has a new show, Conviction, on ABC, so she won’t be leaving our television screens just yet.
Still, it’s hard not to blame ABC for the show’s untimely demise. Older episodes weren’t available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, making it difficult for new fans to catch up with the series (legally, anyway). Additionally, the promos for the show were just a disaster. Sure, Agent Carter had a winking charm, but the trailers released looked downright slapstick.
Just as Captain America said goodby to Peggy in Civil War, so must we all. At least she went out on a high note.