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S01xE01: “Pilot” & S01xE02: “Bridge and Tunnel”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven expansive both on the big screen and small, with no signs of stopping (until 2019, at least). With Phase 2 in progress and audiences eagerly awaiting Phase 3, Agent Carter comes to the small screen as an 8-part mini-series to help unify the stories of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, with Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, the Howling Commandos and other familiar faces (I hope) to bring the narrative to life. In terms of discussion, I’ve decided to go meta and look at what this show brings to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and the importance of Peggy Carter. I am going to start with Peggy’s place in the MCU as a female hero, and move out from there as  the show continues. I don’t claim to be a Marvel expert or the end-all-be-all of MCU knowledge, so please, cut me some slack. The Universe is so large and covers so much information, there are bound to be readers who know much, MUCH more about it than I do. I’m just a fan, writing about something I love, trying to wrap my head around this amazing franchise.

Spoilers Ahead, Sweetie…

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While I make no secret about my love of the DC Universe, I have recently come to terms with the fact that I indeed love everything Marvel. I see no competition between the two complex universes, instead preferring to value the best in both worlds (Batman, the Avengers) while completely ignoring the stuff I dislike (Superman, Spiderman) and not giving a crap about peoples’ opinions on my choices. That being said, I have fallen in deep fan-love with the MCU this year. I’ve always loved the X-Men, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe introduced me to a new obsession–Captain America and the Avengers. For me, it all started in 2008 with Iron Man and RDJ in a role that seemed to be made for him. Then Thor. Chris Hemsworth as a long-haired demigod with Natalie Portman as a badass scientist? Yes, please. Then the first Cap movie, Avengers, and all of a sudden, I was seeing these films multiple times, purchasing them on Blu-ray and engaging in the fandom. What intrigues me about the MCU is the care that multiple writers, directors, actors and producers (thank you, Kevin Feige!) deal with these films and the intricate plot webs that unite the universe. As a fan of pretty intense and long running shows (Doctor Who, Supernatural), what the MCU has done is unique in that they’ve created an original megafranchise that will no doubt inspire Hollywood for years to come. With the release of an intricate and loooong MCU timeline (2987 B.C.-2014 A.D.) and the assurance that Marvel knows exactly where the story is going, it’s an exciting time for comic book and film nerds alike. Since I finally finished S1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’m going to start there.

Spoilers ahead, sweetie!