Warning: Spoilers for the first two episodes for season 2 of Agent Carter below.
Last night, Agent Carter returned to ABC for its second season and kicked things off with quite a bang. The two hour premiere brought us back to the 1940s with plenty of familiar faces and also some new characters that should play a pivotal role during the season.
Two of the new faces are Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) and Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin), who just so happened to star in one of the most surprising scenes of the premiere. The exposure to the Doctor Strange tie in Darkforce looks to have drastically changed the lives of both of them and the other characters in the show as well.
Showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters talked to The Hollywood Reporter about the connection and the rest of the premiere and what may happen moving forward. This was a decision made by them to dive deeper into the Marvel lore.
Fazekas: We knew that we had wanted to get into a little bit more of the Marvel universe as far as having superpowers. The cool thing about darkforce when you look into it is, in the comic book universe, it’s this very versatile thing. It can be a gas, a solid, a liquid. It gives people superpowers, it makes people villains. It can kill you. We liked all of that and how we could mold it into the story we wanted to tell. We knew that we wanted Jason Wilkes to be afflicted by it and by the end of the second episode, both he and Whitney Frost are exposed to it. It’s going to have very different results for both of them. It accomplished a lot of things with one cool, simple element. It’s also fun because, because we’re in 1947, people don’t know what they’ve come upon. That’s why they named it zero matter. They don’t know what it is or where it comes from. You’re seeing the very beginnings of people trying to figure out what this is.
We have seen the scar on Frost’s face and now people assume Wilkes has died. Moving forward, the Darkforce will have a major impact on each of them.
Butters: It’s going to be both. It’s impossible to go through such a physical alteration and not have that affect you mentally. It definitely does take its toll.
Fazekas: You see at the end of the second episode how it affects Whitney. She has this little crack on her forehead. The way we designed that is it should look like a crack in porcelain. It’s not how skin would normally react. There’s already something weird about that. We’ll get to see moving forward how it affects Whitney and with Jason, a bit of a spoiler, we will see him again. Although he will be quite different when we do.
Wilkes and Peggy sparked up a quick romantic relationship, which just so happened to exist following Peggy learning of Sousa’s new romantic interest. They wanted to avoid the typical girls hating each other story, which is what makes it hard to root against it.
Butters: We made her a good person and somebody who, of course Sousa would fall for her. She’s cool. Sarah Bolger who plays her is just adorable. It makes it messier and more complicated. If you hated her, it would be easy and lame. I like that she’s likeable. I like that Peggy likes her. You can’t fault Sousa for falling for her.
If you are a fan of Dottie, do not worry, we will be seeing more of her throughout the season in a variety of ways.
Fazekas: Yes, in a really fun way. We all love writing for her. And Bridget Regan loves being on this show. There’s a dance number coming up with some of the dancers from Dancing With the Stars. It’s a dream sequence. I will say Bridget Regan was a professional ballroom dancer. When she found out we were doing a dance number, she was calling and tweeting everyone, “Please let me be in this!”
That’s going to be really fun. We’re very proud of this season as a whole. It was nice to have 10 episodes to really explore these characters and have fun doing it. Bringing the show to Old Hollywood also was a great way to refresh the show. It looks beautiful. And while Hayley looks good in everything, boy does LA look really nice on her.
One of the first things we saw when Dottie was captured in New York was a mysterious pin that later popped up across the country in LA. Now, we have some more information on what the symbol means and who it belongs to.
Butters: It’s actually from the Marvel Universe. You’ll find out that there’s this thing called the Secret Empire. In the Marvel comic book universe, it’s the Council of Nine, or sometimes the Council of 12. It’s basically a group of rich white guys who control everything. (Laughs.) But it’s not Hydra.
Meanwhile during an interview with EW, the showrunners reiterated a lot of this information, but Fazekas did expand on who the Secret Empire is.
Fazekas: The Arena Club is like this social club. Also, the Secret Empire, there’s been different versions of them in comics, it’s run by the Council of Nine and sometimes the Council of 12. We call it the Council of Nine, so they call themselves the Council. They meet at the Arena Club, which is like this social club of white guys. They’re just the guys who sort of run the world. They have orchestrated assassinations. We insinuate that they orchestrated the 1929 Stock Market crash.
Of course, Hugh Jones, from the first season, played by Ray Wise, is a member of the Council of Nine. Whitney Frost’s husband is a member, played by Currie Graham. Whitney Frost is desperate to get more power for her husband, but he is between a rock and a hard place, because he has to do what the Council says, but he’s got his wife like, “No, you have to do it this way.” He’s just trying to navigate between the two and it’s not going well for him.
Episode 3 of Agent Carter will air next Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.