Last December, we were gearing up for the series premiere season of Agent Carter. The eight episode mini-series ended up being a hit among fans and critics alike, even though it had some struggles in the ratings near the end. Still, they decided to bring the show back for a second season, and in the not too distant future, the series will return for a 10 episodes season two.
This time around, Peggy’s adventures will take her to Los Angeles where plenty of new opportunities and mysteries await her. The majority of the core cast, minus Lyndsy Fonseca, will be returning and they’ll be joined by plenty of new faces.
It has been around ten months since we have been in this world and with that, some people might need a refresher. Here, we will break down each of the characters currently set to appear in season 2 of Agent Carter by looking at who these characters are and where they could go, as well as briefly speculate about the new faces being brought in for season two.
The lead of the series stole our hearts during her first appearance in Captain America: The First Avenger. After starring in a Marvel one-shot, she received her own series last year that gave us a weekly dose of Peggy Carter, played by the lovely Hayley Atwell. She started off as an SSR agent relegated to answering phones, getting lunch, and doing paper work.
Thanks to an undercover case trying to prove the innocence of her friend Howard Stark, she proved that she could be an agent of great quality and power. It was her, with the help of Edwin Jarvis, that cleared Stark’s name, took down Leviathan, and saved New York from the mass release of a dangerous gas.
Heading into season 2, Peggy is still on the path of becoming a founding member of S.H.I.E.L.D. She is heading to Los Angeles for an unknown assignment, but she will not be alone. We know that the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D. should be taking place some time in Peggy’s near future. Hopefully, this season lays the groundwork for this and shows Peggy becoming even more of a leader.
The inspiration for Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. program, Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy) became a favorite quickly for all viewers. His undying loyalty to not only Howard Stark, but also Peggy, showed that he will stop at nothing to help the ones he loves. The friendship he develops between Peggy was a highlight throughout season one and made it hard to image the future for Peggy without him.
Thankfully, Jarvis is making the trip to Los Angeles along with Peggy to keep her safe and get her out of trouble. Since it is unknown what exactly brings the duo to LA, their adventures together should be plenty memorable. The big thing to look forward to for Jarvis this season is not only learning more about who he really is, but learning more about his family, which we will get to later on.
When we first met Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj), he was an overlooked agent at the SSR, in part because of a leg injury that left him sidelined from action. His investigative eye helped him take the lead on the case of a mysterious girl that stole some of Howard Stark’s technology, that turned out to be Peggy. His friendship and admiration for Peggy made it difficult for him to accept the fact that she was working as a double agent, but he eventually turned her in.
Thanks to this action, and helping to stop Leviathan, he has earned himself a promotion heading into season 2. Sousa will now be serving as the chief of what we can safely assume is the Los Angeles division of the SSR. I can’t wait to see how his relationship with Peggy changes as a result of the promotion and if he gives her more freedom and flexibility to do what she wants.
It became clear early on that Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) would be causing problems for Peggy and vise versa. Often disrespecting her past and role at the SSR, Thompson did not make it easy for co-workers or viewers to like him. He eventually started to come around and helped Peggy take down Leviathan, and it benefited him greatly. As a result and in the absence of Dooley, he was named the new Chief of the New York SSR office.
Thompson will be back for season 2 in some capacity, although it does not sound like he is making a permanent move to Los Angeles. We do know that he will still cause problems for Peggy, but hopefully not as many. The two seemed to start working things out, so some sort of friendly work relationship should exist this coming season.
Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) is the man responsible for Captain America’s shield, discovering an element that would later save his sons life, finding the Tesseract, and making plenty of weapons. The latter got him into quite a bit of trouble last season, when a plethora of new technology was stolen from him. This caused him to recruit his old pal Peggy to betray the SSR and do whatever she could to clear his name.
Thankfully for him, she was able to do just that as he is now a free man once again. His freedom has apparently given him an interest in going to Los Angeles to start a movie studio, but he will still be getting doing some dirty work for the government. Whatever trouble he gets himself into, I’m guessing Peggy’s help will not be too far off.
She started off as a mysterious neighbor to Peggy, but Dottie Underwood (Bridget Regan) was quickly revealed to be much more. Raised in the Black Widow program and a member of Leviathan, Dottie used her charming personality and good looks to learn about Stark’s new weapons and how much Peggy knew. As Peggy begins to put the pieces together, Dottie is ordered to kill her neighbor, but ends up being unsuccessful. The two eventually collided in battle that ended in what appeared to be her death, but she managed to escape somehow.
Her health and whereabouts are unknown but we do know she will return for season 2. As for what her motivations or role will be, that remains to be seen. It would be very interesting to see Peggy find herself in a scenario where she and Dottie have to work together. Peggy is without her best friend in LA, so a partner in crime that is more than capable of handling herself in the field could come in handy.
Now onto the new additions…
We have not yet met Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) but she will be introduced as an actress in Hollywood and a brilliant inventor. We do know, however, that Frost will be the season two villain – Madame Masque. Interestingly enough, her and Tony Stark have a brief romantic relationship in the comics. I would not be surprised if Frost starts off as an actress at Howard Stark’s new movie studio and thanks to their shared interest in inventions, they manage to strike up a romantic relationship of their own.
Calvin Chadwick (Currie Graham) has only been described as a powerful businessman, but is also married to the aforementioned Whitney Frost. He has been teased at going head to head with both Frost and Carter, most likely meaning that their marriage is not in the best of shape. We do not know what business he works for but a rival technology or film company to Howard Stark seems likely.
We have already been introduced to Edwin Jarvis, and got a brief look at his personal life in season one. At one point we even heard the voice of his wife, but now we finally will get to meet her. Ana Jarvis (Lotte Verbeek) is making the move to LA with her husband and will become a new friend for Peggy.
Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) is a scientist who comes into contact with Peggy during her adventures in Los Angeles. The two have a connection, one that could turn out to be romantic. We do not know much about his role besides this, but he will undoubtedly be an ally to Peggy.
Vernon Masters (Kurtwood Smith) has been described as “a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system.” As for how he plays into the story, it’s hard to say. Masters could be either a friend or foe to Peggy – we’ll just have to wait and see!
Joseph Manfredi (Ken Marino) will be a mob boss that helps Peggy’s enemies work against her. Given this description, a working relationship with Whitney Frost seems likely, plus the possibility of one with Dottie. His comic counterpart dawns the alias of Blackwing and can be a master of bats. How much of that becomes a factor in season 2 remains to be seen, but it’s more than likely that they’ll draw parts from his comic counterpart to use in the series.
Hopefully this preview helped get you acquainted with the characters we will meet in season 2. This is an expanded cast that hopefully continues the great adventures and stories we got in season 1.
Agent Carter returns for season 2 on ABC January 19th at 9 p.m. EST with a 2 hour premiere.