Next week, the MCU will go back in time to the 1940s and follow the life of Peggy Carter. For season 2 of Agent Carter, we will journey to Los Angeles where Peggy (Hayley Atwell) will meet someone who will have a big part in her new adventures.
This is where Jason Wilkes comes into the picture. Wilkes, played by Reggie Austin, is a scientist at Isodyne when he and Peggy first cross paths. Austin recently opened up to Marvel about his role this season, but first gave his reaction to learning he was cast.
For me, personally, to go from that dorky, nerdy kid, walking into the comic book store with his friend to collect that week’s newest issue, to being on the screen of that same universe is unbelievable to me. It’s like, ‘Oh, Captain America’s girlfriend…I’m on her show!,’” the actor laughs. “It’s crazy to me!
Season 1 of Agent Carter dealt a lot with minorities, specifically women in the workplace. That will still exist moving forward, but it will also look at race. For Austin, this is where there is a strong connection between Wilkes and Carter.
We’ve seen Season 1 with Peggy as a woman rising through the ranks, working with the SSR, trying to make a name for herself and trying to stand of her own accord. This season, you have Jason Wilkes working for this company, Isodyne, as one of the top scientists in his field, but he’s had to work hard to get there. It’s sort of a similar struggle of an African-American and a woman in the 1940s to try to succeed, so I think that they both see that in one another and that’s part of where the chemistry and connection comes from.
Even though each of them are minorities in that time period, they will have big roles in the show. Wikles’ race will be discussed and how it works within the show and time period will be interesting to see.
Oh yeah, it definitely does. The character, Jason Wilkes, is from the comics, but I don’t believe was black in the comics, so that’s a new thing for the show and it does play a factor. It can’t not, really. It’s Los Angeles—or [rather], America—in 1947. So race does play a factor, and you see that in different spots over the course of the show, which I think is handled really, really well when it’s addressed. I mean, it’s not everything, but it would be foolish to not address it.
As for how Wilkes and Peggy will interact, there will certainly be a spark between them. The problem with that is the existing, even if tiny, flame that exists between Sousa and Peggy. A love triangle may be on the way, but Sousa and Wilkes will get along, for now.
We’re cordial, but there’s definitely some potential love triangle going on there.
But we’re very nice to each other. We’re professional. I think that Sousa likes Wilkes enough and it’s the same the other way, so it’s not like they’re heated rivals or anything, there’s none of that going on. The relationship dynamic in every way, from Wilkes to Sousa, and Wilkes to Peggy, and Sousa to Peggy, is just nice. You’re rooting for everybody, which is fun to see.
Peggy loves getting herself into trouble and having to fight her way out of whatever situation she is stuck in. From how Austin makes it is sound, his character will be one of the few characters that is not proficient in fighting.
The show has such a great mix of the drama and the comedy and action and everybody gets in on it. You’ll see as things go on in the first episode how Wilkes gets caught up in it. I mean, he’s a scientist, so it’s not like he’s the male version of Peggy Carter where he’s just like, ‘Ha! Take that!’ But there’s definitely some action that he gets in on, which is a lot of fun. Personally, I’m having a blast.
As for what we can expect from the season as a whole, he says this season will be full of crazy moments.
Every episode, something crazy happens…You get lots of action and relationships and just lots of little moments that you can latch onto, so every episode is going to have some awesome moments that leave you talking and wanting to see the next one.
I am very much looking forward to seeing Reggie Austin on the show and hopefully he can bring a new and interesting dynamic.
Season 2 of Agent Carter premieres Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC with a 2 hour special.