If you weren’t aware, Marvel’s latest show premiered last night. Agent Carter tells the story of Peggy Carter after the events of The First Avenger. Basically imagine Agents of SHIELD set in the late 1940’s. The main difference? Peggy Carter takes the place of Coulson’s entire team. Now as I watched the two hour premiere, there were a few things that stood out to me.
First is the Roxxon Oil Company. Roxxon is a real company in the Marvel Universe, known as Roxxon Energy Corporation. In Marvel, they are very much an evil, corporate version of SHIELD whose only purpose is to pursue a profit. For example, most recently they popped up in the new Thor series. Their floating island headquarters was being assaulted by an army of Frost Giants led by Malekith, from The Dark World, because Roxxon possessed the Giant’s Kings skull. You also learn that their CEO/leader is also a minotaur. Now what you might not know is that this isn’t our first run-in with Roxxon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They actually pop up briefly in the Marvel One-Shot A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor’s Hammer.
Did you see it? Anyways, why is Roxxon relevant? They haven’t had any major part so far in the MCU. They could just be a company to compete with Stark Industries. Funny you bring up Stark. It turns out Roxxon is the one responsible for killing Tony Stark’s parents. While we probably won’t see that in this season, we could see it mentioned in the films. My bet is that we’ll see Roxxon in Ant-Man. In a less than likely scenario, Cross Technological Enterprises owned by Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) will actually be a subsidy of Roxxon. That’s mostly wishful thinking though. However, there’s another group introduced in Agent Carter that could end up playing a larger role in the MCU.
The second big thing from Agent Carter is our introduction to Leviathan (Scroll down to the section on Dark Reign and Secret Warriors). On a side not, if you want some insight into where Nick Fury’s path might lead just read the entirety of Secret Warriors. In this serious, we see a Nick Fury who has been burned by SHIELD and labeled a fugitive. He goes underground to fight HYDRA, forming his own secret team of new heroes to fight them. Here he learned that SHIELD had been infiltrated by Hydra. If this is sounding familiar, I have essentially just described the results of The Winter Soldier. In the ultimate spy twist, it turns out Hydra had been infiltrated by another organization which in turn infiltrated Hydra. This other organization is Leviathan which can best be described as the Soviet version of Hydra.
Hopefully you can start to see why this is extremely exciting. When Agents of SHIELD first started I had hoped that it would follow in the footsteps of Secret Warriors. It seems like I’m finally getting my wish. Now in the comics, we end up seeing a war break out between Hydra and Leviathan. For the MCU, I can imagine Marvel turning Leviathan into Hydra. Agent Carter is investigating Leviathan when she discovers it’s a sub-group of Hydra, maybe even a splinter group. My hope is that Lleviathanappears in Agents of SHIELD somehow as a nice little crossover between the shows. My bigger hope is that we see Hydra and Leviathan fight it out with our favorite agents in the middle.
I also wouldn’t be too surprised if we some more concrete connection between Leviathan and Roxxon. Possibly that Roxxon is the financial backbone of this secret organization or some other partnership.
The last, but most important, thing we were given is the Marvel female superhero we needed. It is already established that Peggy Carter is a badass. Now we see the continuation of her badassery along with her vulnerability. Struggling with the force of marginalization as the GI’s return, we see all sides of Peggy. She isn’t superhuman, she’s more than that. She is a person who rises above all obstacles through sheer will and skill. Not afraid to be herself and not afraid to use the same aspects of her femininity that are used to marginalize her as a tool to overcome her doubters.
Of all the heroes that Marvel has shown us, Peggy Carter is the most heroic. Not willing to bend to anybodies expectations but her own. She has her moments of strength and weakness just like us. Our heroes are often put on a pedestal that is unreachable. Peggy is the stranger that inspires, the one that appears in your life to give you a glimpse of what is possible. Sorry to get all intense and not sure if I’m even succeeding. I just feel that Agent Carter shows us something that hasn’t been seen so clearly in awhile.
Bonus: We also got the first trailer for Ant-Man, but more on that later.