Agent Carter may not be continued by ABC due to low ratings, but many speculate that season 3 could still be a go. This is a possibility not only because it’s a semi-comedic franchise Marvel could consider valuable, but also because lead actress Hayley Atwell hinted that ABC has been prepping up her schedule to do both “Conviction” and a possible Agent Carter third season.
When Agent Carter started in January 2015, fans of Marvel Comics were thrilled about a fresh and funny character. However, approaching the season 2 finale, ABC hinted that there may not be a possibility to produce Agent Carter season 3 due to low ratings.
Despite the low viewership, Variety claims that not pushing through with Agent Carter season 3 would be a bad call for the Disney-ABC conglomerate. First reason is that the show features female talents – its showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, and lead actress Hayley Atwell. The source revealed that since most Marvel heroes on screen are men, a female-studded franchise could be healthy for companies.
Furthermore, the source also reiterated that low viewership may not be the only reason to end the season; the context of the show would also contribute to the overall value of the franchise. Agent Carter is someone different who could be added up to Marvel’s superhero portfolio.
In other news, Hollywood Reporter hints that Atwell may have revealed spoilers about Agent Carter season 3. During an interview, when Atwell was asked about a possible continuation of the franchise, she responded, “That’s something ABC has talked about a lot [with me]. If [Conviction and Agent Carter season 3] both got picked up, then we’d work out some way where I could do both.” At present, Atwell is lodged to play a part in ABC’s “Conviction” series.
She added, “I don’t know the details of how that would work or when it would happen. But they said that in the same sentence when they offered me Conviction which I was very flattered to get.” She continued, “But they also said this doesn’t actually mean anything yet for Agent Carter. So we’re just out in a limbo in that respect. All I can do at the moment is just focus on the pilot that I have to start filming two weeks from now and do the best that I can with that. And then we’ll just wait and see what happens and see how people respond to it.”
Since her role was interchanged in “Conviction,” she said, “Now that it’s me that signed onto it, it couldn’t stay Carter. It would have been a little bit confusing for audiences so that character’s name has been changed.
“There’s enough of a cliffhanger to suggest that there’s where we’ll go forward if the show gets picked up again. But things are nicely wrapped up in a way that I think the audience will find very satisfying. The audience won’t feel frustrated. If anything, they’ll come away satisfied but also curious as to what happens beyond, because thanks to all the Marvel films she has appeared in, we know that Peggy’s life goes on and she lives quite an extraordinary life and a long life. So there’s always room to revisit her in different ways, different decades and different ages.”
Will Agent Carter season 3 push through? Do you think ABC will continue the franchise despite low ratings and prioritize the Marvel’s character portfolio now that DC Comics is in the competition?