A new clip from Marvel’s upcoming adventure series “Agent Carter” offers a glimpse of Iron Man’s father Howard Stark, the original butler Jarvis and, of course, Hayley Atwell as the titular heroine Peggy Carter.
If you ever thought what was missing from the Marvel universe was a dash of Indiana Jones and a drop of Downton Abbey, ABC’s upcoming series “Agent Carter” might prove a perfect recipe for adventure and humor.
The series, set in 1946, sees Atwell reprising her role from “Captain America: The First Avenger.” The clip, released Tuesday, shows Peggy Carter at a harbor seeing Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) off on a secret mission and accepting a mission of her own — to locate a buyer of a formula for a substance so explosive, “this much would level a city block,” Stark warns. “And I’m not talking the short ones. Avenues.”
“Technically, we’re not even sure if it works, but let’s face it. I invented it, so it works,” Stark says in the trailer. He tells Peggy he turned to her because “you’d never have any trouble finding a man.”
“The trick is finding the right one,” she retorts.
Stark also offers up the service of his butler, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) — the human precursor to Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) artificially intelligent computer system butler in the Marvel movies (voiced by Paul Bettany). It seems Jarvis had been tasked with fetching Agent Carter to meet with Stark, but that things may not have gone as planned.
“The next time you approach a woman in a dark alley, you might introduce yourself,” she tells the butler.
“I should endeavor to remember that, provided my concussion isn’t too severe,” Jarvis responds. “Should you need me, call anytime before 9.”
“What happens at 9?” she asks.
“My wife and I go to bed,” he says matter-of-factly. “Seven o’ clock sherry, 8 o’ clock Benny Goodman, 9 o’ clock bed.”
If the rest of the trailer is any indication, it’s likely that Jarvis’ schedule might become slightly more unpredictable. The clip shows Peggy, wearing a shimmery dress, taking out a baddie — a moment reminiscent of Marion Ravenwood’s fight scenes in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
The series, which premieres in January, is helmed by showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas (“Reaper”). The script was penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the scribes behind the “Captain America” films as well as cowriters for “Thor: The Dark World.”
The pilot is directed by executive producer Louis D’Esposito, who directed the “Agent Carter” one-shot film that was released on the “Iron Man 3″ Blu-ray release. “Winter Soldier” director Joe and Anthony Russo are directors of episodes two and three, and “First Avenger” director Joe Johnston is taking on episode four.
The creators previewed the series at San Diego’s Comic-Con International this summer, where several female fans cosplayed as Peggy Carter.
“We have plans we can’t reveal,” Fazekas said. “But there are women just as powerful [as Agent Carter] in that world, both good and bad, that we hope to see too.”
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