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SDCC 2015 Marvel Television: ‘Agent Carter’ & ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

While most of the known nerd-verse is jostling for space in Hall H to uncover details about the next seasons of The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and the next installment of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I find myself in Ballroom 20 to see what’s in store for ABC’s Marvel contingent, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

Much was made of the fact that Marvel wasn’t coming to Comic-Con this year, because they don’t really need to anymore with D-23 and the like, so I’ll be interested to see if ABC and Marvel are going through the motions, or if we might hear some big announcements, like perhaps confirmation on what John Ridley’s mystery Marvel project is. Unfortunately, this Marvel Television panel reportedly won’t feature any of Marvel’s Netflix shows, but I’m stubbornly holding out hope for some Jessica Jones footage. We shall see.

….And here goes:

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The Marvel Television Presents panel was light on announcements and anything tangible, but it featured the ribald camaraderie fans have come to expect at Marvel panels, along with the masturbatory back-clapping that is also a rite of passage at every panel.

Here are the takeaways:

– James D’Arcy had some questions before taking on the role of Jarvis. He had never done comedy before, and wasn’t sure if he could manage it. He realized he simply had to be his usual “wally of a self.” His other big concern? He couldn’t make a soufflé; he, can, however, make a perfect spotted dick.

– We have ten episodes to look forward to in season 2, up from 8 in season 1

– Hayley Atwell, one of the burgeoning queens of Comic-Con, hailed the role as one that “changed my life,” and calling Peggy dynamic, resourceful, sexy, fun and complex. She was afraid that the writers wouldn’t get her right, but after reading the pilot, she had all questions answered.

– Atwell defends Peggy’s decision to throw Steve’s blood off the Brooklyn Bridge. She needed to move on, and complete the grieving process, and plus, she was worried that someone would abuse his blood.

– “Things are different” in season 2. The show is moving from NYC to Hollywood, and taking place 6 months after the events of season 1, in 1947. Peggy will be called to investigate a murder, embroiling her and Jarvis in a gritty, crime LA noir story, intentionally garnering comparisons to the Black Dahlia murder, which took place in the same year.

– Jarvis will be in LA already; he’s helping Howard Stark set up his estate in Beverly Hills.

– D’Arcy himself had a question: Will I get to meet my wife? The writers confirm that this indeed will happen.

– They hope to explore iconic LA places, but have no plan for historical figures to this point.

– Peggy has put Steve’s memory to rest, and now “has a couple of new opportunities” in the love department. “She’s a whore. Nooooo,” Fazekas jokes.

On that note, onto Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D…

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– Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell couldn’t be there, because they’re in production on season 3.

– The “Bloopers of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is delightful, and will be an extra on the season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray, coming September 18, if you’re one of 16 people who buy DVD sets still.

– De Caestecker wanted a monkey to help him through his brain trauma.

– It’s already been announced, but Daisy (don’t call her Skye) will be running the Secret Warriors team, and will be rocking her comics inspired codename, Quake. Loeb announced that Lash, a fairly obscure Inhuman, will be joining the show.

– In a clever pre-taped segment, Jed and Maurissa shoot the shit in the writer’s room, completely devoid of ideas for season 3, and in the process revealing the Secret Warriors tidbit, Quake, and that their new plane will be called Zephyr-1. Jed, playing darts the whole time, is actually throwing at the faces of the cast, determining who will die this year. Beside Simmons’ name, it reads: “Already Very Dead.” Considering Henstridge is on the panel, it’s clearly a fun dig at the fans, but it’s clear that Simmons has changed. Interrupting the process is BJ Britt, the erstwhile Agent Triplett, coming to help figure out who’s next to die, seeing how they like it. At the end, he has a different suggestion: “Who should we bring back?”

We can only hope BJ Britt will return in some capacity when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, September 29 at 9/8c.