An Interview with the ‘Agent Carter’ Producers

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 

One of the perks of traveling to Los Angeles a few weeks ago for the BIG HERO 6 premiere, was getting to interview the producers for ABC’s new “Agent Carter”, as well as screening a couple of the episodes! Read the interview below. 🙂

Jeph Loeb and Louis D'Esposito

photo courtesy of Marvel

Interview with Co-President of Marvel Studios Louis D’Esposito (Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”) and Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb (Executive Producer on “Agent Carter”)

Jeph & Louis: “At some point, the job, the boss, does not sometimes live up to their expectation. The idea of living in a world that has a glass ceiling is something that was relevant in 1946 and it’s relevant in 2015. Terrific star, in a terrific situation, that would tie very neatly into what was going on with our friends at the Marvel agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. Tuesday nights, 9 o’clock, ABC.”

“How does that happen? Well, the first thing that happens is that Louis, who is very proud of his work but is also not someone who seeks out fame and glory, so I get to do it for him. Went and, as we often do, we show things to people that we’re very proud off. Louis showed it to our good friend, Bob Iger, who you all heard off. Mr. Iger saw it, and saw in it what we saw in it, which is that Hayley Atwell is a big star, big, big star and someone who is extremely likable and fun and you can completely empathize with her and feel like this is a journey you want to go on with her.”

“So a conversation began and it helps when I comes from the top, as to how we could next continue the saga of what is happening with Agent Carter. We needed a few pieces to make that puzzle work and part of what my job is when I’m wearing my Marvel television hat is to find the best creative people that are possible. As we all know you can have the greatest star in the world, you can have the greatest concept in the world, television is really about intimacy. It’s really about character and the way that we watch TV now has changed dramatically.”

“From the days when we would go in your man-cave, your living room or your den. You now watch television in a way that it’s on the laptop, it’s actually on your phone. When you think about that, what could be more intimate than the fact that you take your phone and you put it against your face? If you’re going to do that then you better have somebody that is telling a story that you feel comfortable with, that you feel like, not only is this somebody that I want to see this week, I want to see next week and I want to see the week after that and I want to tell my friends and I want to blog about it. That’s what you got to get.”

“We went to, again we’re so incredibly lucky to have such a vast array of talent and the first thing to do was to go and make sure that we could pry Louis out of, oh let’s just say he’s in the middle of finishing a little movie called Guardians Of The Galaxy and the beginnings of another little movie called Avengers Age Of Ultron, so that shouldn’t be a problem. We should be able to have him onboard. For whatever strange and wonderful reasons he said.”

“Then we go and find Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely who wrote 2 of the movies, one which is called Captain America: The First Avenger, the other which is called Captain America: The Winter Soldier and probably have written more time of Hayley Atwell on screen than anyone else and who are incredibly smart about their writing. Are able to mix action with humor and at the same time drama and make those things happen. I think you saw, both in Hayley’s performance in First Avenger and then once again in Winter Soldier, Scarlett Johansson’s performance as Black Widow, that they certainly know how to empower women. And make sure that when the are standing next to whatever hero they are, they are not a sidekick.”

“At the end of the day, what we came up with was kind of a terrific idea and something that ABC got whole-heartedly behind. At Marvel’s Inc S.H.I.E.L.D, the loudest thing that we were hearing from our audience was, ‘You have too many repeats. We want to see a new show every single week.’ But in order for us to make that many episodes we would be working 24 hours a day 600 days out of the year. At the end of the day literally just making 22 of these is a gigantic effort, as you can imagine.”

About “Agent Carter”

It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve),  Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark.

Starring: Hayley Atwell | James D’Arcy | Chad Michael Murray | Enver Gjokaj | Shea Whigham

 

Watch “Agent Carter” Tuesday night at 8/7c on ABC.

Disclosure: Disney sponsored travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.