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Meet Agent Carter

Peggy Carter has brown curls, red lips, and a gun. Marvel’s Agent Carter is in it’s first season. Hayley Atwell plays the lead character. From the Marvel and DC Comics, Carter is one of the few women among white, male heroes.

Agent Carter does not have x-ray vision, wall climbing or flying abilities. She is a just like any other human, but better. She is an officer working in New York’s Strategic Scientific Reserve. Using her critical thinking and physical fighting techniques to stop the bad guys.

Someone has to take the place of Captain America, right? If you saw the film, Captain America: The First Avenger, you know he survived a decade later. Carter doesn’t know that. It’s her job to be the hero for post-World War II America.

Men in the 1940s disapproved working women, until the second World War required their help. Once the war was over, women were expected to go back home as wives. Carter’s co-workers at the S.S.R treat her as a secretary and not as the agent she is. She doesn’t put up with it. In the first episode, one of her colleagues said “Carter knew a lot of guys during the war,” because she was Captain America’s girlfriend. Agent Sousa defends her, but she doesn’t let the comment bother her.

“I’m more than capable of handling whatever these adolescents throw at me, ” Carter tells Sousa.

Photo credit: insidetv.ew.com
Photo credit: insidetv.ew.com

The gun has not been used often in the three episodes aired. Carter confronts the villains and gives them a hit in the jaw. As a woman fighting evil men, sometimes she has to put her looks to use. The Sweet Dreams lipstick knocks down her opponents when she kisses them, as seen in the episode “Now is Not the End.”

NYTimes.com Agent Carter wears a blonde wig and the fainting "Sweet Dreams" lipstick.
Image credit: NYTimes.com Agent Carter wears a blonde wig and the fainting “Sweet Dreams” lipstick.

Angie befriends Carter, or English as she calls her. The Automat waitress in pastel dress is smart and funny. She greets English at the diner and offers some uplifting chats after English’s long days at work.

Photo credit: insidetv.ew.com
Photo credit: insidetv.ew.com

The show offers action and drama scenes in every episode. No task has been easy, but neither impossible for agent Carter. Will she be recognized as the agent she is, or will she continue to do tasks like pouring coffee for her coworkers?

Only the remaining episodes of the first season will prove it.


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